Coastal Region
20th century, 1950–2000
Artist unknown, Pacific Islander, Artist Unidentified, Pacific Islander

Object Place: Sepik River, 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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Africa and Oceania, Contemporary Art, Jewelry


Bracelets and armlets

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)

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Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart