This coin comes from the Maprik region of Papua New Guinea. A gold ring coin in the shape of a ring with a notched and grooved relief on a section of its periphery, evoking the beak of a hornbill.
Carved from the shell of a giant clam, this circular sculpture is used as a dowry for wedding ceremonies, but also as an offering or even as a currency for compensatory exchanges. The central hole is made by abrasion with sand and a bamboo tool. It takes weeks of work to reach a regular shape and a polished aspect. This delicate operation often results in cracks in the shell mass, as is the case here.
Carved tridacne, old and slight trace of red color residual.
Dimension (without base) : outside diameter 22,5 cm, inside diameter 9,9 cm, depth 2 cm.