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CAS Anthropology Collections Database

Catalog Number

CAS 1984-0008-0036   CAS 1984-0008-0036; Currency
Category Tools & Implements
Object Name Currency
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Solomon Islands
Other Geographic Data Island: Choiseul
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. early 1900s
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Shell: Tridacna sp.
Description Currency created from piece of flat Tridacna shell that has been cut into triangular shape with a rounded apex; Triangular hole with rounded apex is cut into upper half of shell; Side opposite apex is bifacially ground thin and a series of shallow V-shaped notches are filed along it.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 11.2, Thickness = 0.9, Length = 8.9