Tribal necklace, PALANPAGANG IFUGAO, Philippines, late 20th century (codeAA)
Tribal necklace called Palanpagang. It is a priest's collar, always composed of sometimes large worked pieces of mother-of-pearl. This necklace has 7 large pieces of mother-of-pearl decorated in various layers of decorations. These necklaces are worn by men of the Ifugao tribe and the Kalinga tribe. The pieces of mother-of-pearl show different colors depending on the angle you look at them from. The pieces of mother-of-pearl are sometimes unworked; others like this one carry several lines with a very fine engraving. See my other Ifugao items. The cord is made of braided rattan. The necklace is in good condition.
Length measured along the bottom of the shells is approx. 110 cm
Shell part size approx. 7.5 cm long x 5 cm wide
Weight: 179 grams
Origin: Banaue, Luzon, Philippines
Obtained in situ