Men's breast ornament
Papua New Guinea, North Coast, Aitape Region, Wawapu
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|German Collection, Berlin||
H: 9.4 inch;
B: 8.7 inch
|500 EUR / 1000 EUR|
rattan, boar tusks, nassa snails, resin (originally set with Abrus precatorius), This breast ornament was part of a festive costume, but was also used as war ornament. It is possible, that the compact shield-shaped ornament did not only have an amulet-like effect but also offered real protection against arrows.