In 1974 Waikato Museum acquired a selection of items, including this necklace, from Graham Jackson. Jackson was a New Zealand anthropologist who spent time living with and researching the Kopon and the Kalam people of the Lower Kaironk Valley in Papua New Guinea.
Jackson fieldnotes: Necklace of seeds. Aso pro = name of plant and beads. Two kinds of seeds called aso are used for necklaces. This is the smaller kind worn by males and females often but not necessarily in mourning (simply as ornaments). Probably manufactured by females.
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