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Shell Bracelet ('mwali', 'moali')
H0137127
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This bracelet was collected by the Reverend George Brown of the UK. It is almost certainly over 100 years old and helps promote research from a dynamic viewpoint. It is also a historical artifact to be preserved in museums.

History of the Object
Chosen and explained by Shigeki KOBAYASHI "Historical Artifacts which Preserve the Memory of Kula Exchanges". This is one of the examples of trading or exchange consistently highlighted in the textbooks. This is thought to have been used for ceremonial gift-exchanging Kula in Melanesia. The existence of economic activities to exchange goods as gifts is suggestive of our current money-based economy.

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Type
Costume and Jewelry 
Materials
Cone shells, glass beads, cloth and others 
Measurements
Width 11 cm.  
Creator name
D'Entrecasteaux Islanders 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Papua New Guinea 
Geography
Papua New Guinea 
Time period
Unknown 
Creation date
Unknown; before 1905 
Function
Kula Trading item 
Acquisition
Collected by the Reverend George Brown in 1890-1905 and then purchased by Minpaku in 1985. 
Copyright
 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
National Museum of Ethnology, Japan (Minpaku) 
Museum
National Museum of Ethnology 
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