Papua New Guinea, Abelam, money ring Yua
Rings with a greater inner diameter have a higher value because of the greater labor used to make them. The ring is made by drilling a whole with a bamboo pole. These ring play an important role in the social, political and ceremonial live of the Abelam. They are part of a bride price and are used as compensation payment. They are also used in initiations rites. They were also sometimes attached to the yams and women wore them to show their status in the community. The notches on top symbolizes the beak of a hornbill which was associated with the sun.
collection: Papua New Guinea