Papuan Gulf Adornment
Chiefs adornment from the Papuan Gulf Papua New Guinea
Object Type: Pig tusk Necklace
Locality: Purari Delta Papuan Gulf Papua New Guinea
Height on stand: 49 cm
In the Papuan Gulf people believe that these teeth are the teeth of a Gaint snake and do not realize they have been traded all the way from the Huon Gulf. The more circular the tusk the more valuable and this example is full circle. The tusk is made into a necklace using bush string and shell segments and is the most complete example I found in my may trips to the area.