Bone necklace

Unknown Maker
In 1974 Waikato Museum acquired a selection of items, including this bone 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 12 drilled bird leg bones (darkened) threaded onto a double string of two ply fibre cord. A necklace made of bird bone. This is easily the best of the very few specimens I have seen. Bones are probably of glonme (larger) and wonme (smaller), of which identifications have not been obtained. Usually manufactured by males (women make the string). Worn anytime, probably by anyone.
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Natural fibre and bird bones.
420mm - Full length of string [verified].
125 x 145 x 10mm - HxWxD bone decoration [verified].
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Collection of Waikato Museum Te Whare Taonga o Waikato
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