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Necklace of large ground red spondylus shells strung on plaited fiber string with white shell disk attached to the end and a pearl shell fragment on the end of another set of spondylus shells on thin fiber string plus black seed. Important type of valuable (vaygu'a) used in kula exchanges, called bagi.

Global Region of Origin

D'Entrecasteaux Islands (Trobriands)


early 20th c.


Shells, Seeds, Fiber


D'Entrecasteaux Islands (Trobriands)


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