Monumental “Tolai” Circular Shell Currency

Regular price $11,500.00
Sale price $11,500.00 Regular price
Product description


This is the highest denomination currency on New Britain Island off the Northeast coast of New Guinea in the Bismarck Archipelago. The “Big Man,” chief of the tribe, was the only person who could afford such a large ring like this one. The ring is opened and deconstructed when there are more shell sections that can be added and then rebuilt. The shells are strung on a thin length of palm frond that is about 6” in length. They are the smallest denomination of shell currency which are gathered together in multiples to make this circular ring. 

Barter currency of prestige. Unusually large format for this type of specimen. Highly desirable in this diameter. Mounted on a precision brass stand.

New Britain, Papua New Guinea.

Sizes/Dimensions: Specimen Diameter: 36” Height On Stand: 42”


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