- Museum number
Barava money-ring surmounted with pierced design, of tridacna-shell
- Production date
- 19th century
Length: 20 centimetres
Width: 7 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Register reads: do. "Pow Batona" N. Georgia [by ditto marks]
but the object itself has Poro Batona written on it in faded ink The do [ditto] refers to Oc1915,-28, for which the register reads: Carved shell 'funerary' ornament. (grating for hut containing skull.) N. Georgia.
- but Oc1915,-29 is actually quite different
Information from Kenneth Roga of Ranonga, 2006: Rings of tridacna shell surmounted with images (Ranonga bakiha ovala rege) were a variation on the most valuable type of New Georgia money-ring (bakiha). The design may indicate the type of spirit for whose shrine they were made.
- On display (G24/dc3)
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- From a collection of 43 Solomon Islands artefacts purchased from Woodford for £90 from the Christy Fund in 1915, registered as Oc1915.21 to 64.
Woodford visited and resided in Solomon Islands between 1884 and 1914, first as a naturalist, then as first Resident Commissioner for the British Solomon Islands Protectorate
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number
- Additional IDs
CDMS number: Oc1915C3.29 (old CDMS no.)