Posted by: Hans Post Reply
the enlarged black beads gazed back to me!
It seemed each bead consisted of a pair of big facetted insect eyes.
The black beads turned out to be the heads of edible grubs of the sagopalm beetle (Rhynchophorus) or a longhorn (Capricorn) beetle.
The string of beads was collected in the Asmat area on the Indonesian part of New Guinea.
There, the grubs were eaten as a highlight by big collective meals. Maybe the necklace was made after such a collective feast meal. The necklace consists of about a thousand insect heads!
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