Currency Sphere

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

Condition: Excellent

Dimensions: 12" diameter

Inventory number: MI9978



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