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Inconspicuous Art: Feathered Currency Roll
By: Artist unknown, late-19th to mid-20th century
Why It’s Great: “Rolls of feathered bands from the southeastern Solomon Islands are among the most beautiful and interesting of the world’s currencies. It has been estimated that a single roll takes between 500 and 600 hours to produce, using the feathers of more than 300 birds.”—Julie Perlin Lee, director of collections
West side of Anderson Hsu-Tu Gallery, “Spirits and Headhunters: Art of the Pacific Islands” exhibition, Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana, 714-567-3600, bowers.org