Pearl shell necklaces

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Early 20th century Kina Shell Gold Lipped pearl shell necklaces 80-100 years old from the Southern Highlands of New Guinea. Used as traditional currancy and traded many times over. The bigger the shell the wealthier the man but it was not what you owned in shells but what you gave away in ceromonial exchanges which lifted your prestige and indebted people to you. Sizes:

Left necklace: 7½" wide x 6½"
Right necklace: 8½" wide x 8"

 
Price: USD $400 left 475 right