Harold and Mary Cohen : The Papua New Guinea Slide Collection
Object ID:
6.01.0055.HMC
Place:
Papua New Guinea
Description:
A close—up of women dancers from the Mt. Hagen area shows their facial painting. Bright red skirts have white tufts from animals. Orange parrot feathers on their headbands are topped with tail feathers of the black Astrapia bird. Their chests are covered variously with boar's teeth and or kina shells. Kina shells of the Gold lip shell (Pinctada maximums) were used as traditional payment and medium of exchange in Papua New Guinea and an essential part of the bride price. Modern currency is called "Kina."
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