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Moka kin

Find this large pearlshell.

A pearlshell or kin is from the lining of a large oyster shell. This shell has been cut into a u-shape, polished and set into a wooden mount.

Pearlshells like this can be worn around the neck or used in exchange ceremonies to celebrate special events.

Imagine wearing it round your neck. How heavy do you think it would be?

Find the special decorated wallet nearby that would have been used to carry and protect the shell. What is it made from?

Draw your own decorative wallet design here.