Kap Kap

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Kap Kap

New Ireland

Kap Kap ornament

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

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.
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