Poli Currency Mat
Huon Peninsula, Morobe Province, New Guinea
20th century
Natural fiber and dyes, Nassa shells sewn onto woven mat
11.5 x 9 inches (29 x 23 cm) when folded as shown in photos, it has two sides

These currency mats could be worn as body ornaments on specific ceremonies, worn around the neck or as ceremonial payment such as for "bride price."

Price on request

 

Andres Moraga
moraga@lmi.net
andresmoraga.com
510-717-9149

Andres Moraga :: Poli, Papua New Guinea
Andres Moraga :: Poli, Papua New Guinea