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Shells are Gold - Kinas

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[Kina Shell: 14k]

The gold-lipped pearl shell is cut into crescent shapes called kina. Small dots are drilled to accentuate the shape.

[Kina shell case: 26k]

Kina shells have their own cases just like jewelry boxes. This one is made of bark.

[Warrior with kina: 20k]

Both of these warriors wear kina shells as the focal point of their dress.

[Warrior with drum: 25k]

This broken kina shell would not be considered valuable for ceremonial payment, but it is still good for a dance.

[Two sisters: 44k]

Two Highland girls display their wealth.

[Moka: 18k]

When a kina is used as payment a in ceremony, it may be mounted onto a oval clay-covered display board called a moka and stained with bright red dyes.

[Wigman with red kina: 20k]

Wigman with red-stained kina shell necklace.

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Melanesian art TOC | Map of art areas of Melanesia
Papua New Guinea: Highlands: body art - Bundi tapa - jewelry/dancers | Karawari and Blackwater Rivers: masks - carvings - map | Massim: artifacts- Trobriand Kula - map | Kula canoe | New Britain: Baining - Sulka - Tolai dukduk | New Ireland: Malagan | Ramu River: masks - carvings - map | Sepik River: masks - carvings - villages - map | Papuan Gulf: masks - carvings - map - Gogodala - Kukukuku
other areas: Asmat | Solomon Islands: crafts - jewelry - map
art and craft:
barkcloth (tapa) | body art | cane and fiber figures | canoes and prows | jewelry/dancers | masks - Middle Sepik | phallocrypts | pottery - Chambri | shields | story boards | suspension hooks | weapons | yam masks - fiber | yam masks - wood

Indonesian art TOC | Dyak baby carriers and masks | furniture | Java folk art | Lombok baskets | Lombok lontar boxes | masks from Bali and Java | puppets

China-Bai textiles TOC | baby carriers | baby hats | woodblock prints

Collecting New Guinea art in the field since 1964.

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