Papua New Guinea Ovula Shell Necklace
The necklace has two Ovula shells as terminals with nassa shell edged braided extensions. Most of the braided cordage is native made although the wrapping on the horizontal pieces is commercial cord and one small area has commercial cord mixed with the native cordage. The necklace was collected by Andrew M. Meldrum (1876-1944), of Scottish birth living in the United States, who from 1903 to 1908 traveled in the South Pacific including New Guinea doing evangelical preaching before returning to the United States. He moved to Australia after 1922 where he lived the rest of his life.
Total Length: 16 ½" Width: 9"