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New Guinea Talipun Bridewealth


Papua New Guinea
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Papua New Guinea's art includes some uniquely strange objects - this Talipun bridewealth is certainly one of them. A huge green turban snailshell with an attached basketry head is part of payment for a wife, along with pigs, shell money and dogs teeth currency. In many parts of New Guinea, pigs are only slightly less valuable than a wife. Much social display of wealth centers on the "big man" who outdoes his rivals in hosting grand pig feasts and displaying his kina shell money to hundreds of guests.

height - 14"

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$900.00
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