These sticks are made of coconut wood and decorated with the downy read feathers plucked from the head and breast of the scarlet-colored honey-eater bird (myzomela carnalis). They have been used as currency in the Eastern Solomon Islands and are often worm in the hair during ceremonies as a display of wealth.

The birds were not killed. The sap of the mulberry tree was spread on a branch. This attracted the bird and it got stuck there. Some of its feathers were plucked and then the bird was released.

Solomon Islands

Personally collected Firebird Voyage

16"H x 10"W x 3"D

RED FEATHER MONEY STICKS – SANTA CRUZ ARCHIPELAGO – SOLOMON ISLANDS

SKU: 072
$1,250.00Price

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