This Papua New Guinea Shell sphere is made by the Tolai people on the island of New Britain. This piece is referred to as a Tabu and was used as currency in New Britain. It is comprised of overlapping circles made of hundreds of small cowrie shells all sewn onto a basketry foundation.
This piece is mounted on a metal base.
Circa: 20th Century
Origin: New Guinea
Material: Cowrie Shells and Yarn
Dimensions: 12" diameter
Inventory number: MI9978