Galerie Lemaire

Money ring Yua

Abelam

Papua New Guinea

31 x 27 x 1 cm

DESCRIPTION

Rings with a greater inner diameter have a higher value because of the greaterlabor used to make them. The ring is made by drilling a whole with a bamboopole. These ring play an important role in the social, political and ceremoniallive of the Abelam. They are part of a bride price and are used as compensationpayment. They are also used in initiations rites. They were also sometimesattached to the yams and women wore them to show their status in the community.The notches on top symbolizes the beak of a hornbill which was associated withthe sun.

CONDITION

good, shell signs of age

Provenance

-

DATE

early 20th cent.

Dimensions

31 x 27 x 1 cm

PRICE

EUR €

2500/£ 2130

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