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Women's money in the form of a dish (toluk)

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This tortoise shell dish is a form of women's currency on Palau, an island located 500 miles east of the Philippines. Men and women have different forms of currency which are not to be exchanged between members of the opposite sex. This type of dish currency is highly valued and is only...

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1970, acquired in Palau by Dr. Solange Skinner; 2009, gift of Dr. Skinner to the MFA. (Accession date: November 18, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Governor Carlton Skinner and Solange Skinner

Oceanic, Palauan, mid 20th century

Object Place

Republic of Palau


Overall: 20.3 x 12.7 cm (8 x 5 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Tortoise shell


Africa and Oceania


Decorative arts