Ifugao Igorot ethnic shell necklace Philippine Tribal

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  • Item Category: Ethnic, Folk & Native American Art
  • Source: eBay
  • Sold Date: Mar 06, 2011
  • Channel: Auction House

pangalapang Ifugao, Northern Luzon, Philippines
Mother of Pearl, rattan Largest shell section approx: 3.28" inches L x 2.73" W Total width approx: 12.35" inches ----------------------------------------------------------------------- Traditional wealth object worn by both the Ifugao male and female.
Handwoven rattan, and shell of the Pinctada maxima .
This is a new, contemporary production necklace manufactured by indigenous Ifugao in the early 1990's.
----------------------------------------------------------------------- The pangalapang is one of the few, outright ostentatious wealth displays of the Ifugao.
Only a select few had the wherewithal to make the trip through enemy, headhunting territory, trade with the lowlanders, and then shape and perforate the shell with simple and crude tools.
When this tribal necklace is used traditonally (with the bright side facing up); the effect is about the same now as then- a "fan of gleaming light..." Can also be used with the dark side facing up.
The Kalinga version can be differentiated by the smaller though more numerous shell trapezoids. - see photos below:

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