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Men held objects like this one between their teeth, covering parts of the face and chin. They were carried in this fashion during warfare, an activity that ended many years ago. This particular mouthpiece may have been made for western visitors to Papua New Guinea.


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

Possibly Astrolabe Bay, Papua New Guinea, 20th century, 1950–2000

Object Place

Papua New Guinea


Overall: 36 x 34 x 6 cm (14 3/16 x 13 3/8 x 2 3/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Braided fiber, nassa shells, porcelain shells, string (added)


Africa and Oceania