A Fine Old New Guinea Shell Currency Matt Lumi Area West Sepik Province Papua New Guinea
|56cm x 30cm
A Fine Old New Guinea Shell Currency Mat called Poli from the Lumi Area West Sepik Province Papua New Guinea
This beautiful old woven wealth object from the Lumi Area of the West Sepik Province (now called Sandaun Province) of Papua New Guinea it is made from thousands of tiny Nassa shells each individually sewn onto the sago spathe and woven mat backing. On the elegant oval form, you can see a design made with the pattern of the shells arranged in a V shape. The design is likely a stylized figure. These woven & shell mats are called Poli in their language, they are important wealth objects that are used as a traditional currency for bride price payments (a dowry) paid by the young man’s family. This is the largest type of Poli and is much more beautiful than other square or rectangular-shaped examples. Fine weaving takes great skill and many many hours to make this one poli.
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of New Guinea Oceanic Art
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