These ancient utilitarian shell money are known as "Yua". Each have been individually carved from a large clam shell "Tridacna Gigas" using a complicated technique involving sand and bamboo before being polished for use. Used as currency in bride price payments, settling dispute etc, these tradition currencies are found throughout the Sepik River region. The value of these ancient currencies depends on the region where it's used. For instant the larger size Yuas are valued higher up at Abelam and Prince Alexandra mountain range, where as the smaller size Yuas are valued higher in the coastal regions and Wewak Islands.
Dimensions: 8" x 7.5"
Location: Abelam, Papua New Guinea, Sepik.
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