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Armband
Elema

Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea

Barkcloth, rattan and pigments
19th century
Height: 11 ¾ in. (30 cm)

Ex collection Jean-Edouard Carlier, Paris
Ex collection Joost & Truus Daadler, Australia

Price: on request

Melanesia – Eastern Papua New Guinea
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This armband in tapa (bark cloth) is distinguished by the refinement of its geometric composition.
The alternating patterns are adorned with black, red and white pigments and delineated with rattan. The motifs on these adornments were totemic emblems of symbolic importance and were associated with specific clans.