Lot: 46

Ceremonial currency "talipun"

Papua New Guinea, Prince Alexander Mountains, Boiken area, Yangoru village

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
H: 13.4 inch 800 EUR / 1500 EUR

large sea snail, plant fibre, clay, pigments, cassowary feathers, "Talipun", were used as currency. They served as bride-price or were bartered to surrounding tribes (Iatmul, Lumi, Abelam and others). Even today, in combination with modern money, "talipun" are considered valuable objects of exchange.