Object Place: Coastal region, Sepik area, Papua New Guinea
Overall: 19 x 10 x 12.5 cm (7 1/2 x 3 15/16 x 4 15/16 in.) * use diameter (?)
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Tortoiseshell armlets are cherished items of men’s adornment in New Guinea. Manufactured on the coast, they spread along trade routes throughout northern New Guinea, becoming more valuable as they moved farther inland.
1967, acquired in Angoram, Sepik, Papua New Guinea by Geneviève McMillan (b. 1922 - d. 2008), Cambridge, MA; 2008, to the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation, Cambridge; 2009, gift of the Geneviève McMillan and Reba Stewart Foundation to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)
Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart