Kap Kap

oceania | Solomon Islands

Kap Kap

Solomon Islands

Ulute or Papafita ornament
Malaita, Solomon Islands

Carved shell
Early 20th century
Height: 7 cm (2 ¾ in.)

Ex Christie’s Paris 11 Dec. 2007 lot 373
Ex collection Joe Gerena, New York
By descent

Kapkap Malaita - Solomon 7 cm / Galerie Flak Price on request
Kapkap were used as adornments and served as a sign of social status. Kapkap were displayed on the occasion of important festivities, rituals or war expeditions. They could be worn as a pendant, as hair or forehead adornments or around the waist.

The highly refined motifs include depictions of frigate birds and geometric patterns.

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