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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)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Papua New Guinea, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Sepik area, Papua New Guinea


Overall: 19 x 10 x 12.5 cm (7 1/2 x 3 15/16 x 4 15/16 in.) * use diameter (?)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique



Africa and Oceania


Jewelry / Adornment, Bracelets, Armlets