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Nassa shell mat


Nassa shell mat used for bridewealth payments.

Global Region of Origin

Papua New Guinea




Nassa shells sewn together on barkcloth backing


Mount Hagen area, Papua New Guinea, made from imported shells. C. 1950s


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