SOLOMON ISLAND BARAVA SHELL CURRENCY

Provenance: Private collection Loed van Bussel, Amsterdam

At the beginning of last century smaller forms of shell platters, with or without rings, were hung as ornaments on the small, triangular ‘skull shrines’ in which the skulls of famous chiefs or clan-founders were preserved. The material from which these platters were made, is comprised of the shells of giant clams.

Choiseul, Solomon Islands,
Shell and wood, 70 x 20 cm

Price:  € 850,-