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.