shell money

Good string of early 20th century shell money or currency from Africa. The shells have a warm patina and are attractively presented on a custom iron base. Its aesthetic appeal was originally conceived to confirm their value and is still strong in a contemporary setting. Shell currency like this was brought back by tradesmen and explorers in the late 19th and early 20th centuries as trophies to curiosity cabinets and ethnographic objects.

H 17.33 in. x W 13.78 in. x D 2.37 in.H 44 cm x W 35 cm x D 6 cm
Ref. 300
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