Massim Currency Spatula
Object Type: Traditional currency display
Locality: Sudest island Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
Material: Carved turtle shell, Spondyly shell segments, and pandanus fiber string.
Description: This delightful Ghena money presentation spatula comes from Sudest Island in the Louisiade Archipelago. It is complete with its original spondylus shell money attached with bush string. According to Harry Beran, Ghena with birds heads at right angles are from the 19th century and this is certainly the case with this example. Some insect damage on the reverse as shown in photographs.