Forehead jewellery

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The band, decorated with nassa snail shells, dog teeth and human hair, is tied around the forehead in such a way that the teeth protrude. This type of jewellery was widespread in ​​the Sepik River region of New Guinea. The object comes from the Robert Beirer collection from Sipplingen, who worked as a stores assistant for the German New Guinea Company at the end of the 19th century and sold a large collection to the Museum für Natur- und Völkerkunde in Freiburg.

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