Shell Scraper or Pendant

Papua New Guinea

Gold Lipped Pearl Shell

Circa 20th C.

6.5" H x 2.5" W


A strikingly beautiful piece made from the aptly named gold-lipped pearl shell.  The thickness and heft makes us think it was used as a tool and the three holes were used for a strap yet the piece is so attractive it is hard to imagine the adornment loving Papua New Guinean’s would not have worn it too.  Mounted on a custom stand.