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.