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A Coconut charm, New Ginuea

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A Coconut charm (marupai), or 'Lakakare', Papuan Gulf area, New Guinea, made from a dwarf coconut and representing a marine creature or the heads of pigs. This example represents a swordfish and would have been filled with magical substances. The fibre bag allowed travellers to carry the charm around their necks to ward off danger.


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