𝗠𝗼𝗻𝗲𝘆 𝗰𝗼𝘄𝗿𝗶𝗲𝘀, 𝗮 𝘁𝗿𝗮𝗻𝘀𝗼𝗰𝗲𝗮𝗻𝗶𝗰 𝗵𝗲𝗿𝗶𝘁𝗮𝗴𝗲 – 𝗽𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝟮
The shells of money cowries are natural objects transformed into objects of cultural significance. After being harvested from their underwater habitat the snails quickly died, and the shells were cleaned of the rotting flesh. They were counted and gathered into containers in large numbers, and traded internationally as a valuable commodity. Money cowries occur in multiple places in the KwaZulu-Natal Museum. Watch this space for more information.
📸 A money cowrie that belongs to a divination set in the KwaZulu-Natal Museum collections. Photo: Justine Wintjes (2020)