Tin Boat, Cast Ingot Money

Date: c. 1400 - 1800 CE
Indonesia & Malaysia

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Item Description:

Includes glass top display box.

  • Origin: Southeast Asia, present day Indonesia and Malaysia
  • Material: Cast tin and lead

Decorative tin ingots and rings were once traded as money by the various maritime empires and sultanates of Indonesia and Malaysia. Many were highly intricate and fashioned in the shape of animals, such as fish, roosters, elephants, turtles, monkeys, and more. Others could be more abstract, such as "boat" money. This form of ingot featured a distinctive crescent shape, with a central pillar reminiscent of a person rowing a canoe.

Lateral holes on many of these ingots suggest that they were meant to be strung, possibly to be worn as charms or simply to make them more portable.

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