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Ornament or Currency

Origin Lumi
Title Ornament or Currency (Wafu)
Date Unknown
Medium Nassa shells and fiber
Dimensions Object: 23 1/4 × 34 3/8 × 3/4 in. (59.1 × 87.3 × 1.9 cm)
Overall: 23 1/4 × 34 3/8 × 3/4 in. (59.1 × 87.3 × 1.9 cm)
Credit Line Gift of Helen L. Wheeler, Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University
Accession Number 2001.19

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In addition to being an object of adornment that communicates social standing and wealth, this ornament was also used as a form of currency. This type of currency would have been used for important and large ceremonial payments such as from a groom to the family of his bride-to-be.

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"Ornament or Currency | Collections Online." Collections Online. Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University, 2024.