"Front Ornament Called "
FRONT ORNAMENT calledédala kap kap Culture of the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia First half of the 20th century Shell, shell and natural fibers Diam. : 12.5 cm This head set consists of a Tridacna shell disc embellished with an openwork tortoiseshell plate. It is finely cut into a rosette with geometric designs centered with two stylized heads and two frigate birds seen in profile. It is pierced in its center in order to be held to the shell with a cord of plant fibers, terminated by a tassel with two branches of polychrome shell pearls forming a stopper. This ornament was sometimes worn as a pendant or attached to a band of woven plant fibers. It could sometimes be used as a bargaining chip. It is said that the small size dala kap kap were worn by women while the larger ones were worn by men. Illustrative photo: Anonymous photographer, 1900-1942 © Musée du Quai Branly Text and photos © FCP CORIDON