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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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Geneviève McMillan, Cambridge, MA; gift of McMillan to MFA. (Accession Date June 17th, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Geneviève McMillan in memory of Reba Stewart

Oceania, 20th century


Overall: 19 x 55.5 cm (7 1/2 x 21 7/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

shells, fabric, paint?


Africa and Oceania


Jewelry / Adornment, Hair Ornaments