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O102 YUA

This YUA is large, and traditionally of immense value on many levels; as brideprice or as a marker of prestige and ownership in particular exchanges. This is cut from the giant clamshell ( tidacna) using only bamboo and sand. The central circle must be perfectly circular; the outer circular edge is of less importance. Shells are judged on their size, their thickness, and their colour ( the creamier colour showing growth rings is most desirable)

A large shell, with the lovely creamy colour and growth rings of the tridacna shell that is highly esteemed. The shell is adorned and personalised with a collar of nassa shells on a woven fibre band.

Size: 29cm diameter

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