Lumi bride price or wealth belt made of 92 conus shell discs, East Sepik Province
This valuable tribal money piece was used to pay bride price before marriage, purchase pigs or other trade items, or to compensate the victims family for an unlawful death.
In consists of 92 pierced and hand ground shell discs fixed to a woven rattan belt with bush string. Many of these dscs are very old. The discs vary in diameter from 2 - 5 cm and each would have been ground down by hand from the top of a conus shell. Each size of shell would probably have had an equivilent value in New Giunea shillings enabling debts to be paid in a mixture of tribal and western money.
Length including tie loops 87 cm/ 34 inches.