TLF ID R6121
This is a large putona, or shell trumpet, made from triton shell ('Charonia tritonis') and coconut fibres probably in the 1800s in the Marquesas Islands, French Polynesia. It has been worn smooth by much handling. Skeins of between six and eight extremely finely plaited sennit (coconut fibre) cords encircle the shell to form a carrying loop and an elaborately knotted ornament at the top of the mouth of the shell. A finely carved bone toggle and long tufts of human hair are attached at the other end of the loop. The shell is 35 cm long and the hair tuft is about 20 cm long.