This is a strand of Old Conus Shell Money Necklace from the Ambunti Town in East Sepik Province of Papua New Guinea. Shell money is used in the Islands of Papua New Guinea. Shell money is a medium of exchange similar to money that was once commonly used in many parts of the world. Shell money usually consisted either of whole sea shells or pieces of them, which were often worked into beads Shell money like this is called diwara, tambu or tabu. Sometimes, people wear shell money as necklaces or earrings. Each place in Papua New Guinea has a different type of traditional money, usually made of different types of shells. Today, shell money is most often exchanged on special occasions, like weddings or funerals. In East New Britain, shell money is also used at markets to buy fresh food. Depending on what is being paid for, people may use bank currency as well as shell money. This wonderful Shell Currency Necklace would be great addition to your collection.
Shows age, but in good condition.
SHELLS VARY IN SIZE
222 SHELLS TOTAL
18" long half
3/4" - 1/2" wide
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