Cowrie shells where once[read_more] commonly used in many parts of the world as a form of currency. The Maldives provided the main source of cowrie shells throughout Asia and East-Africa. Because the shells were collected in seas far south of China, imitations of the shells appeared in bone, stone and bronze. The work is concluded with a scalloped 10 Laari coin from the Maldives. Bended to resemble a cowrie, circling back to its origin.