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Ornament (Kap-Kap)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

MEDIUM Tridacna shell, tortoise shell, fiber string, shell bead
DATES 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 3/16 in. (14 x 14 x 0.5 cm)  (show scale)
INSCRIPTIONS "Papitalai Manus," and in black (also faded): "Papitali [or Tupitalai] Manus auf Bougainville." Also written is "Admiralty Islands Br 475"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 87.218.98
CREDIT LINE Gift of Marcia and John Friede and Mrs. Melville W. Hall
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Ornament (Kap-Kap), 19th or early 20th century. Tridacna shell, tortoise shell, fiber string, shell bead, 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 3/16 in. (14 x 14 x 0.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede and Mrs. Melville W. Hall, 87.218.98. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 87.218.98_bw.jpg)
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Ornament (kap-kap) made of large disk of white shell and smaller disk of thin openwork tortoiseshell. Front of white shell has incised border of crosshatched triangles; tortoiseshell, which is attached to white shell with string and one small shell bead, has an elaborate flowerlike design. From accession card: Ornament ("kap-kap"); large circle of white tridacna shell with incised border of crosshatched triangles on front. Attached to front surface with string and held in place with a tiny white shell bead is a smaller circle of very thin openwork tortoiseshell in elaborate flower-like pattern. Condition: very good. On the back in fading brown ink is written: "Papitalai Manus," and in black (also faded): "Papitali [or Tupitalai] Manus auf Bougainville." Also written is "Admiralty Islands Br 475" On metal stand.
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 <em>Ornament (Kap-Kap)</em>, 19th or early 20th century. Tridacna shell, tortoise shell, fiber string, shell bead, 5 1/2 x 5 1/2 x 3/16 in. (14 x 14 x 0.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede and Mrs. Melville W. Hall, 87.218.98. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 87.218.98_bw.jpg)