Tortoiseshell armlets are cherished items of men's adornment in New Guinea. Manufactured on the coast, they spread along trade routes throughout northern New Guinea, becoming more valuable as they moved farther inland.
By 1967, Angoram, Sepik, Papua New Guinea; 1967, to Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date: June 17, 2009)
Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart
Papua New Guinea, 20th century, 1950–2000