NEW GUINEA, PAPUAN GULF DOG TOOTH WEALTH NECKLACE
Origin: New Guinea, South Coast Papuan Gulf (Provenance: Acquired from a private San Francisco collection. Field Collected by Bruce Seaman in 1977)
Period/Date: Early 20th C.
Materials: Dog Teeth, bush string, Nassa Shell
Description: This impressive necklace is laden with Dog Teeth, individually pierced and assembled using traditional weaving techniques. The previous collector had it in a drawer for 30+ years. This example has two old German porcelain Dog Tooth incorporated into its construction which are whiter than the others. It would have been an important object of personal adornment communicating wealth and status. It is in good condition overall and the binding is strong and tightly woven. It has acquired a mellow aged patina turning to reddish brown.
Dimensions: Length not including fringe: 15" (38 cm), Width 1.5" (4 cm)