Papua New Guinea: Western Highlands. A ceremonial headdress ("peng koem"), worn in the Wahgi Valley by the Melpa people. It is (top to bottom) 47 cm high. Made of a large quantity of human hair on a rattan frame, resin, ochre, orchid fibre, green beetles, and white baler shell (note: typically NATURAL materials. Shown in *Ethnic Jewellery and Adornment*, p. 125.
Pearl poppa. A proud Bailer sea snail like this one must have died with a smile on his face knowing he had produced such a wonder of nature. Bailers are used for their shells and for food, with melo pearls being as rare as one in several thousand snails, according to this article by Pala’s Bill Larson et al. (Photo courtesy Pala International supplier)
By far, the hardest to obtain pearls on Earth are those of the marine "baler" snail, found in the Indo-Pacific region: round, smooth and sometimes quite large, I recently held one in my hand that was the size of a large gumball and nearly dropped it when the price of $50,000 was quoted to me. The colors and flame structure are similar to those of the conch pearl.
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