Tribal art and extinct civilisations

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Galapagos

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Solomon Islands 10 cents  1977-.jpg





The Solomon Islands' coins come to mind first of all.

Their beautiful Nusu Nusu head (sometimes called Nguzu Nguzu) appears on the dollar coin.

Their wonderful sea spirit is featured on the 10c coin.

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Cook Islands $1 1992-.jpg


Cook Islands $1 1972.jpg


Next up is the Cook Islands. We've already discussed Tangaroa and his endowment elsewhere. Apparently I made Figleaf's day when I explained that Tangaroa, the god of creation in Cook Islands myth, is both male and female and has a pregnant belly, in addition to the other accoutrement to which one's eye is first drawn.

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Next I come to the New Hebrides.

Their coins depict a native mask design on the 10 and 20 francs.

They feature a carved ceremonial staff on the 50 and 100 franc coins.

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Brooch made of 20c Pukaki.jpg

Here we see an interesting Maori brooch.

It is made from the older, larger version of the New Zealand 20c coin.

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Quote from: Ice Torch on September 03, 2009, 08:27:02 PM
Here we see an interesting brooch made from the New Zealand 20c coin, presumably the older, larger version.

Don't let certain Maoris see that or there'll be an uproar over their taonga (treasures) being descrated.  There were enough ruffled feathers over the ancestral figure of Pukaki being used on the 20c in the first place.


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Cyprus 2008.jpg

The Idol Of Pomos


The "Idol of Pomos", a cross-shaped idol, dating back to the Cypriot Chalcolithic period (3000 -2500 B.C.), was found in the village of Pomos, hence its name. The cruciform figurine is a characteristic example of prehistoric art in Cyprus.

The sculpture, thought to be a fertility symbol, represents a woman with her arms spread. Large numbers of these sculptures were found in Cyprus, varying from a few centimetres to statues of 1.5 metres. Smaller versions were worn as amulets around the neck or used as charms.

In 2008 Cyprus adopted the euro. The Idol was chosen to be displayed on the Cypriot euro coins of 1 and 2 euro.

Nowadays the statue can be seen on display in the Cyprus Archaeological Museum in Nicosia.
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Peru 1967.jpg

Peru, gold coin, 1967.
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Mexico 10 centavos coin of 1936. Aztec calendar stone.

See: Aztec calendar stone
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Southern Rhodesia 6d 1937~.jpg

Southern Rhodesia, sixpence, 1937.  Crossed axes.
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kumarrahul

1sen, 5sen, 10sen and 20sen coins from Brunei featuring 'native designs' (as mentioned in Krause).. Numista also doesn't provide any further details on the significance of these native paintings.. any clues?

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Schön describes them as:

1 sen - ornamental flower
5 sen - ornamental bird
10 sen - ornamental animal
20 sen - ornamental tree.

What I saw of the Royal Mint documents simply describes them as traditional motifs.
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Figleaf

Quote from: kumarrahul on September 04, 2011, 02:54:48 PM
1sen, 5sen, 10sen and 20sen coins from Brunei featuring 'native designs' (as mentioned in Krause).. Numista also doesn't provide any further details on the significance of these native paintings.. any clues?

I think they are wooden or brass stamps to decorate textiles, possibly batik chaps.

Peter
An unidentified coin is a piece of metal. An identified coin is a piece of history.

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New Zealand 10c 1967.jpg


New Zealand 10c 1980.jpg

New Zealand, 10 cents/1 shilling, 1968.  Maori mask.
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New Zealand ½d 1941.jpg


New Zealand ½d 1965.jpg


New Zealand halfpenny, 1941. 

It depicts a Maori tiki, a symbol of fertility.
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New Zealand 20c 2006-obverse.jpg


NZ 20c 2006.jpg


New Zealand 20c 1990.jpg

New Zealand, 20 cents, 2006.  Maori Pukaki.
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