It is important to remember that the talipun bride price payments of the Yangoru Boiken had clan-specific spirit faces attached to large green turban seashells. These faces ensured as the talipun circulated from one family to another via marriage transactions the spirit attached to the shell would always make its way back to its originating clan. This example is classic with tubular eyes, a heart-shape face, nice colors and remains of cassowary feathers encircling it. It comes from the estate of Lynda Cunningham, one of the great early field collectors in New Guinea during the 1960/70s. The piece dates to the early/mid 20th century, is 19” (48.2 cm) in height and sells for $1800. Questions?