New Guinea Chest Ornament called Moka Kina
A chest ornament or pectoral now worn by men during specific festivals in the Wihgi Valley in the Wester Highlands of New Guinea. It has been suggested that the origin of the Moka Kina is associated with dances in preparation for battle. The Kina Shell which is a prominent part of this device is highly valued and used for barter.
This well preserved piece has been in two consecutive collections for the last forty years. It does show minor wear from use and age but the pigment colored resin and mud on which the Kina Shell is mounted is in very good condition. When examining the craftsmanship it is interesting to note that the backing of the piece is a salvaged wood tea box. Accompanied by a metal display stand.
Size is 14" x 17", on display stand 20"