Register description: Arm ring: ceremonial,ground clam shell Tridacna gigas,POATA SOSOTO. One of a pair. Diam: 169 mm.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander currency
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Melanesian & South Sea Islander arm ornament
L169 x W166 x H17 mm
Shell (Tridacna gigas)
History and use
This heavy armband has been cut from the shell of a giant clam (Tridacna gigas) and forms a pair with E13381.2. Such shell rings served as a form of currency in the Western Province of Solomon Islands, where they could be used as payment in bride price or in land transactions.
This example was acquired by the museum in 1990.