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)