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.
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.
Papua New Guinea. HIGHLANDS MASK - This vibrant mask comes from the Waghi Valley in the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Made predominantly from pandanus leaves over a rattan frame it is additionally adorned with human hair, shells, pig tusks, everlasting flowers, bailer shell, orchid stems and bird of paradise feathers. It is painted in trade store paint.