Toluk (women’s money) - ROM2008_9801_41

ROM2008_9801_41

Toluk (women’s money)

Maker: Belauan culture
Medium:Turtle shell
Geography: Babeldaob Island, Belau (Palau), Federated States of Micronesia
Date: 19th century
Dimensions:
2.5 x 20.7 x 13.2 cm
Object number: 962.71.16
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionIn Belau, toluk is exchanged between women to mark significant moments in their lives. Turtle shell plates are heated in water and molded into bowls. Minimal decoration is applied, as the natural patterns of the shell are admired. The only decoration consists of simple forms along the edges. Toluk is given to a woman by their husband’s clan to pay for food preparation services associated with traditional ceremonies, and is highly prestigious.
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