This beautiful object is actually a rare form of currency found in the Cromwell Mountain Range of the Huon Peninsula of Morobe Province, Papua New Guinea. Called “poli” these were both worn and used in exchange as a wealth item. The present piece is illustrated in my new catalog “Between the Known and Unknown: New Guinea Art from Astrolabe Bay to Morobe” as figure 115. It comes from Sambone Village, Kombe language group. It dates to the early/mid 20th century and is 14 ¾” (37.5 cm) by 11” (28 cm). Notice the thicker red material around the bottom edge is probably the rubber coating from the outside of an electrical wire—as most of you know New Guinea artists happily and readily used whatever material was at hand deemed attractive and durable. The price for this poli is $1500. Questions?