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Last week’s What Is It? item was a pre-World War I dog tooth neck­lace from Pa­pua New Guinea.

Those who got most of the de­tails about the arte­fact cor­rect in­cluded Michael Har­ris, Steven Vick­ery, Adrian Jack, Graeme Nor­ris and Suzanne Jaenke.

Suzanne said dog’s teeth were a sign of fam­ily wealth and were used like money to buy and trade. Adrian said a sin­gle dog tooth could be traded for 100 co­conuts and 100 dog teeth could be traded for a woman or young boy. Michael said the shells wo­ven into the neck­lace were com­monly worn by el­ders.

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