Red Feather Money was a form of currency, especially in the procurement of brides, pigs and various types of labor. It is made from plant fibers and the red feathers of the Scarlet Honeyeater bird (myzomela sanguinolenta). The birds were trapped on a sticky branch and some feathers removed before they were released.
A full double coil could take 1000 hours to complete.
Early 19th Century specimen from the Santa Cruz Archipelago in the Solomon Islands.
Collected by E. J Pratt in 1944
31"H x 18"W x 3.5"D