Lot: 47

Shell ring "erenge" or "bakiha"

Solomon Islands, Rubiana Lagoon

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Stanley Gordon Moriarty (1906-1978), Australia
Mark Eglinton, New York, USA
D: 4.9 inch (outside)/2.9 inch (central opening) 1000 EUR / 2000 EUR

inscribed: "Solomon Is Native Clam Shell Currency. Made From The Giant Clam Shell. Used For Purchase of Wives, Pigs, Canoes, Etc."- Rubiana Lagoon - M 2057", additionally old collection label: "Moriarty Collection M-2057 1976 02 - Tridacna Shell Ring Rubiana Lagoon Solomon Islands" on reverse, minor missing parts, old age patina, base

Conru, Kevin, Solomon Islands Art, Milan 2008, p. 68, ill. 32