University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameFei
Object Number: P1743
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Yapese
Provenience: Caroline Islands
Yap
Date Made: Before 1903
Early Date: 1850
Late Date: 1903
Section:Oceanian
Materials:Stone
Technique:Carved
Height: 5cm
Width: 6cm
Thickness: 1cm
Credit Line:Gift of Dr. William H. Furness 3rd., 1904

Description

Flat stone disc with a hole in the middle. Light brown in color, sparkly where chipped. Such stones, which vary in size from a few inches to many feet in diameter, were used on the island of Yap as currency and exchange valuables. The stone, which when clean somewhat resembles quartz, was quarried on the island of Pelau, from which the discs were transported to Yap by raft and canoe.


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