This is an unusual Southern Highlands “somp” pectoral. Somps as some of you might know were wood replicas of the scarce and desirable gold lip kina shells that were so coveted in the remote mountainous Highlands. Often a small chunk of shell was embedded into the front of a wooden somp. This example however is different. It has a fine composition of tiny colored trade beads and Job Tear seeds surrounding a field of bright red/orange pigments but the underlying material is not wood, nor shell. It is a piece of tin. And at the time of construction, probably 1930s, was far scarcer and thus desirable than even kina shell. The somp comes from the estate of Lynda Cunningham, is 9” (22.8 cm) in height and sells for $3000. Questions?