Philippines Sipattal Necklace, Mother of Pearl

Philippines Sipattal Necklace, Mother of Pearl


Fabulous 1970's 4 Strand Sipattal Mother of Pearl Shell and Beaded Necklace from the Isneg Tribal People of Northern Luzon, Philippines.

This Sipattal necklace is made of carved butterfly shaped mother of pearl shell, red and black beading, worn suspended on the chest along with a string of beads on the head. The Isneg tribe hunted for animistic purposes, religion, prestige and qualification for marriage. The Isneg valued ornamental necklaces and possessions that constitute traditional wealth. This necklace was used for special ceremonies or marriage, as part of the dowry of the family.

Length: ”
Mother of pearl, glass beads and fiber.

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