Kap Kap

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Kap Kap

Admiralty Islands

Kap Kap ornament

Shell, turtleshell
19th century
Diameter: 2 in. (5 cm)

Collected during the Korrigane expedition (1934-1936)
Ex collection Régine van den Broek d’Obrenan, by descent

Kap-Kaps were worn as head ornaments or as pendants by high-status individuals from the Solomon and Admiralty Islands. They were made from precious materials, such as turtleshell and giant clam shell. They were indicators of rank and wealth.

This ornament was collected during the legendary expedition of La Korrigane conducted from 1934 to 1936 in the South Seas.
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