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Christine • 1 year ago

Papua New Guinea | New Guinea headdress of classical form, with cowrie shell headband, a large ovoid shell apex, and strings of seeds and shells to either side; the whole crowned with a dense spread of black cassowary feathers | Est. 2,500 - 3,500$

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