NEW GUINEA AITAPE MEN'S BOARS TUSK CHEST DECORATION
Period/Date: Circa 1900-1930's
Materials: Wood, rattan, Boars tusks, plated fiber, Nassa Shell, Abrus seeds and tree sap based adhesive
Description: This very iconic style pectoral can be found in most books on New Guinea art or ethnic jewelry. These were not only a display of wealth and prestige but were effective in battle for protection against arrows. It can also be classified as a cuirass body armor. In good condition with normal wear and minor losses. An old glued mend to the upper left tusk having collection number in red paint" 62.1. A custom stand may be ordered for an additional fee.
Dimensions: Height 10" (25.5 cm), Width 8 7/8" (22.5 cm), Overall Height 14.5" (37 cm) including fringe cord
Note that the surface of the tusks have more use patina but my shots are somewhat overexposed causing detail to be washed out