Shell currency

Production date
Unknown
Country
Solomon Islands
State/Province
Isabel
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Description
Shell money necklace of orange, brown and white shell disks with two seed pods at end. In bag with shell money label from Melanesian Handicrafts, Honiara
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander
CH classification NUMISMATICS (COINS AND TOKENS)
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Production place
Measurements
L. 280mm
Media/Materials description
Shell, seed pods
Signature/Marks
SHELL MONEY \ Traditional Bride Price \ as used in past and \ at present time in \ marriage contracts. \ MELANESIAN HANDICRAFT \ Box 439, Honiara, \ Solomon Islands \ GENUINE \ HANDMADE \ HANDICRAFT
History and use
This object is from the Helen Barrett collection, which was donated to Queensland Museum in 2014. Miss Helen Barrett worked as a nurse with the Australian Board of Mission in Solomon Islands from 1947 until 1984. Barrett was based at Tasia in Isabel Province, and Maravovo on Guadalcanal before being stationed at the Hospital of the Epiphany at Fauabu, Malaita from 1968 until 1984. In the 1990s, Barrett worked with the Mothers Union in the Torres Strait Islands. Her collection largely comprises of objects that were presented as gifts over the course of her missionary work in Melanesia.

Shell money is a traditional form of currency in Solomon Islands. This example was made for sale through the Melanesian Handicrafts shop in Honiara.
Registration number
E40752

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