Lot: 19

Shell currency ring "wamayuwa"

Papua New Guinea, East Sepik - Yangoru Boiken

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 9.1 inch;
B: 7.9 inch
4500 EUR / 9000 EUR

giant clam, polished, yellowish patina, central opening: 8,3 cm in diameter, thickness: 3,8 cm. Cut with bamboo saws from giant clam shells that are traded in from the coast. Such shell rings are used for currency for all major transactions: bride price, compensation, land payments.

Hamson, Michael, Art of the Boiken, Palos Verdes 2011, p. 226 ff.