SOLOMON ISLAND MALAITA KAPKAP

 

Origin: Melanesia, Solomon Islands, Malaita Island     (Provenance: Acquired from Solomon Islands Collector and Scholar Allen Dunfee, in Georgia)

Period/Date:  Likely Mid-20th century

Materials:  tridacna shell, fiber, shell beads, charcoal pigments

Description:  This "kapkap" ornament is a simple and pure example made from a quality shell with no imperfects.  They were typically worn on the forehead as ornamentation and wealth display.   Note: I photographed it on a borrowed display stand since it does not have its own.

Dimensions:   Diameter 2.75"  (7 cm), Overall length including beads 5.25"  (13.5 cm)

Price: SOLD       

 

 


 

 

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