Arts of the Pacific Islands
Cone shell, tortoise shell, fiber string
19th or early 20th century
1 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1/8 in. (3.2 x 3.2 x 0.3 cm) (show scale)
Paper labels glued to the back read "Beasley Coll" "Br 836" "Admiralty Group 3061B" under it reads "Br 836" written in black ink directly on the shell
Gift of Marcia and John Friede and Mrs. Melville W. Hall
Hair ornament (kap-kap) made of brown-spotted, white shell disc incised with crosshatched triangles along outer top edge. Attached to it by long fiber string through center hold is very thin smaller tortoiseshell disc with center circle and X-motif, as well as simple but fine radiating foliate openwork pattern.
From catalogue cards:
Ornament ("kap-kap"); white shell disc (with brown spots) incised with crosshatched triangles along outer top edge. Very thin tortoiseshell disc tied on through center hole with long fiber string to the front of the white shell disc. Tortoiseshell is openwork in simple but fine radiating foliate pattern with X motif in center circle.
Condition: Good except that one band of tortoiseshell openwork is broken. Paper labels glued to back: "Beasley Collection," "Br 836," and "Admiralty Group 3061B"
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Ornament (Kapkap), 19th or early 20th century. Cone shell, tortoise shell, fiber string, 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1/8 in. (3.2 x 3.2 x 0.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede and Mrs. Melville W. Hall, 87.218.99. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 87.218.99_bw.jpg)
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