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Kimberley Pearl Shell Pedants - c.1960

ochre in-filled engraved pearl shell
16.0 x 12(irreg) x 1
Price Realised: $1,400.00

MP #320


Provenance

Private Collection, SA
Gallerie Australis, SA
Adrian Newstead Private Collection, NSW

These shells are worn by young men in the third and final stage of their initiation into manhood and the 'law'. After this, they are allowed to be with their promised wives. Prior to being fully initiated they can only talk to her and are forbidden to make physical contact.