Shell money

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
40591
Item name
Shell money 
Category
Currency/Trade
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Pacific > Papua New Guinea > East New Britain Province
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Collector
Ms Kathleen Carman 
Acquisition date
April 17, 2012 
Acquisition method
Donated by Ms Kathleen Carman 
Raw material
Cowrie shell (Cypraeidae sp), vine, wool
Dimensions
H: 20 mm W: 375 mm L: D: 310 mm Circum:

Description

Three skeins of shell money made from Cypraeidae/cowrie shells strung onto vine and bound with green wool.

Research notes

Given to Kathleen Carman as a farewell gift from Appelis Move. Appelis had arranged for a man to bespell Kathleen’s house with ginger and lime following a break in. Kathleen had had to buy some shell money from Appelis to pay the magician. These shells are difficult to obtain and are traded in from West New Britain from Nuvuneram Village [Kathleen Carman, 2012].

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