Oceanic Art - Yua shell currency ring, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea

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Yua shell currency ring
Maprik area, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea
Tridacna shell
6.5" (16.5 cm) diameter
Late 19th to early 20th century

From the giant tridacna clam shell, currency rings were laboriously crafted with grit, water and bamboo, and used as bride price over generations. This “yua” is tapered at both interior and exterior edges and has a lot of character on its surface.



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