This striking piece is an “Upi” headdress from Bougainville Island, North Solomon Islands—which is part of the nation of Papua New Guinea. These are very rare and this is only the second one I’ve handled in nearly 20 years of dealing in South Pacific art. They were worn by young men and were meant never to be removed until married. The hair was meant to grow into and fill the bulbous top. The Upi are constructed by layers of cut and dyed leaf materials. This one is exceptional for its color, design and shell beads strung around its base. The piece dates to the early 20th century, is 15 ¾” (40 cm) in height and sells for $4800. Questions?