Two old shell nose ornaments, PNG (CCB)

Two traditional nose ornaments made to be worn through a pierced septum. The straight example, 12 cm / 4 ¾ inches along the curve consists of a fairly thick and heavy section of clam shell ground to a point at either end. The curved example, 6.5 x 4 cm / 2 ½ x 1 ½ inches, is ground from a thin shell plate. It has an excellent provenance to the Leo Fleischmann Collection. The late Leo Fleischmann was the much respected Manager of Galleries Primatif, Sydney’s oldest surviving tribal gallery. Fleischmann is remembered for his meticulous research and his habit of numbering every piece in his private collection. This one is marked LF/O28 (Leo Fleischman Ornament #28) and would have been one of the earlier pieces of body ornament in his private collection.

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