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Doubleclam shell wealth rings
(20th century)

clam shell, pigment on fibre string
8.8 × 15.5 × 1.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Safia/Bibira, Oro Province, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Louise and Sam Dawson, 2008
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
Giant clam shell wealth rings created by artisans at the coast, this example which may be tied to a necklace for dancing came from the Bibira/Safia distric of Oro Province - several days walk from the coast at Wanigela. When missionaries arrived at Wanigela on Collingwood Bay in the late nineteenth century, the mountain people from Safia/Babira were still raiding and terrorizing the coastal people at Wanigela, Oro Province, PNG.