Oceania

Kap Kap ornament

New Ireland

19th century
Diameter: 2 ¾ in. (7 cm)

Ex collection Daalder, Adelaide, Australia

Published in:
Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment, Truus Daalder, Ethnic Art Press, 2009, p. 142

Price: on request

Melanesia – Eastern Papua New Guinea
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Kapkap were used as adornments and served as a sign of social status. Kapkap were worn on great occasions: festivities, rituals or war expeditions. They could be worn as a pendant, as hair or forehead adornements or around the waist.