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Catalog Number

CAS 1984-0008-0400   CAS 1984-0008-0400; Ornament / pendant
Category Accessories/Ornaments
Object Name Ornament / pendant
Culture Melanesian: ni-Vanuatu
Global Region Oceania
Country Vanuatu (New Hebrides)
Other Geographic Data Reef Islets, Banks Islands
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture early 1900s
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Shell (Tridacna sp.); Sea turtle shell (tortoiseshell); Cordage
Description Breast ornament consisting of round, flat disk of tridacna shell, cut and ground to shape and highly polished on both faces; Openwork cutout tortoise shell panel is attached to one face of disk by means of small cordage bundle that is threaded through drilled hole in tortoise shell and tridacna shell disk and tied at top of disk.
Dimensions (cm) Max Diam = 15.2