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Maker(s):not applicable
Culture:not applicable
Title:Cowry (Cypraea moneta)
Type:Zoology
Materials:Shell
Accession Number:  MH SK X.B.17.a.1
Credit Line:Joseph Allen Skinner Museum, Mount Holyoke College
Museum Collection:  The Joseph Allen Skinner Museum at Mount Holyoke College
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Description:
Cypraea moneta (Linnaeus). Five specimens. Indian Ocean, Pacific Islands. Varies from deep canary to white and dark. The use of cowry for money dates far back into antiquity and still persists in some parts of Africa.

Tags:
natural history

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