A YAP ISLAND SHELL CURRENCY

A Yap Island shell currency
Micronesia
19th/20th century
Pearlshell and coconut fiber,

It was used as currency used in ceremonies to pay as forgiveness for a mistake.

Lit: Thomas Leutz, Steinreich in der Südsee, Page 135
Ingrid Heerman, Südseeoasen, Leben und Überleben im West Pazifik, Stuttgart, 2009, fig 55

Price on request.