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Atayal Chest Ornament

Tags: aborigine | accessory | Atayal

This shell bead chest ornament was worn by the males of the Atayal tribe during the celebration following a successful headhunting expedition. It would continue to be worn for several months afterward to commemorate this achievement. However, in different areas of Taiwan it had different uses such as a bracelet or hair ornament used by women and referred to as kimlima in the Atayal language.


Department of Graphic Communications and Digital Publishing, Shih Hsin University Digital archiving project of the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines