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Jewelry and other bodily adornments serve a variety of purposes. Certain objects are symbolic of the wealth and prestige of the wearer, while others serve as protective devices that ward off spiritual and physical harm. Among many Oceanic communities, the importance of bodily adornment carried...

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By 1974, possibly Moresby or Lae, Papua New Guinea; 1974, to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Possibly Solomon Islands, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Possibly Solomon Islands


Overall: 9 x 12.5 x 8 cm (3 9/16 x 4 15/16 x 3 1/8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Braided vine, nassa shells


Africa and Oceania


Jewelry / Adornment, Bracelets, Armlets