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Ornament (Kap-Kap)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

MEDIUM Cone shell, tortoise shell, fiber string
DATES 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1/8 in. (3.2 x 3.2 x 0.3 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 87.218.99
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. Cone shell, tortoise shell, fiber string, 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1/8 in. (3.2 x 3.2 x 0.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede and Mrs. Melville W. Hall, 87.218.99. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 87.218.99_bw.jpg)
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Hair ornament (kap-kap) made of brown-spotted, white shell disc incised with crosshatched triangles along outer top edge. Attached to it by long fiber string through center hold is very thin smaller tortoiseshell disc with center circle and X-motif, as well as simple but fine radiating foliate openwork pattern. From catalogue cards: Ornament ("kap-kap"); white shell disc (with brown spots) incised with crosshatched triangles along outer top edge. Very thin tortoiseshell disc tied on through center hole with long fiber string to the front of the white shell disc. Tortoiseshell is openwork in simple but fine radiating foliate pattern with X motif in center circle. Condition: Good except that one band of tortoiseshell openwork is broken. Paper labels glued to back: "Beasley Collection," "Br 836," and "Admiralty Group 3061B"
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 <em>Ornament (Kap-Kap)</em>, 19th or early 20th century. Cone shell, tortoise shell, fiber string, 1 1/4 x 1 1/4 x 1/8 in. (3.2 x 3.2 x 0.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Marcia and John Friede and Mrs. Melville W. Hall, 87.218.99. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 87.218.99_bw.jpg)