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Size: 46cm long – 18 ins long
The dividing line between currency and ornament was a fine one as people displayed their wealth decorating themselves with ‘shell money’ and the teeth of dogs, porpoises, cuscus and fruit bats. All of these natural materials were made into jewellery and also regarded as currency, and used as payment, for certain ritual transactions, especially bride price.