This replica 19th century shell coinage was made by hand, using water, sand and bamboo. These coins were originally used as currency for trading or the payment of dowries (bridal price) in Papua/New Guinea. The notches visible on the top represent the bite of the Calao, totemic bird of Abdelam, East Sepik, New Guinea. This piece is a great and elegant decoration to use in a display such as a bookshelf or a console table.
Material: clam shell.
Origin: Boiken, Papua/New Guinea.