Tolúk: Palauan Women’s Currency Trays

Woman's Valuables (Toluk), early to mid 20th Century Palau, Micronesia Tortoiseshell 2019.17.32-.33 Gift of Frieda O. Wray from the Estate of Dr. & Mrs. Douglas and Carolyn Osborne Have Tolúk and See Them The Bowers Museum recently acquired the Osborne Collection, an assemblage of objects originating from the island country of Palau—an archipel...
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Feathered Funds: Solomon Island Currency Rolls

Feathered Currency Roll ( Tevau ), late 19th-mid 20th Century Santa Cruz Islands, Temotu Province, Solomon Islands, Melanesia Feather, bark, shell, fiber, resin and bead; 6 x 15 5/8 x 16 3/4 in. 2001.74.14 Gift of Mr. William Moran Red the Feather that Coils With the Bowers Museum’s recently opened Dimensions of Form: Tamayo and Mixografía , many v...
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Shell to Pay: Boiken Wamayuwa and Weingga

Shell Currency ( Wamayuwa ), 19th Century Yangoru Boiken culture; Prince Alexander Mountains, East Sepik Province, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia Shell ( tridacna gigas ); 9 7/8 x 8 ¼ in. 2018.13.63 Gift of Anne and Long Shung Shih All the Money in the World The Bowers Blog has spent a great deal of time exploring currency in its myriad shapes and siz...
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Manilla Portfolio: West African Worn Currency

Manillas, 19th Century Unknown Manufacturer; probably Birmingham, England Leaded brass; Various Dimensions 2003.43.72-.79 Anonymous Gift Who wants to be a Manillionaire? Some might like to make a grand show of wealth, but along the cost of West Africa, one could literally wear their net worth on their sleeve up until the mid 20th Century. At least ...
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Hefty Sum: Central African Throwing Knife Currency

Throwing Knife, 19 th Century Kapsiki culture; Cameroon or Nigeria Iron, rubber and cloth; 24 1/8 x 5 3/8 in. 2003.43.91 Anonymous Gift Throwing Knife ( ngwolo ), 19 th Century Ngombe culture; Democratic Republic of the Congo Iron, wood; 19 3/8 x 12 1/2 in. 2003.43.92 Anonymous Gift Throwing Knife ( sengese ), 19 th Century Mafa culture; Cameroon o...
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Perfect Rings: Dimbo of Cenderawasih Bay

Glass Earrings ( Dimbo ), 19 th Century Waropen culture; Cenderawasih (Geelvink) Bay, Papua Province, Indonesia, Melanesia Glass 2017.8.1-.5 Bowers Museum Purchase Though we may think of it now as an isolated, inaccessible part of the world, New Guinea has always been rich in organic and mineral resources; the peoples of its coasts welcome partners...
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