currency

Representing twenty-one kina

The man is presented with eleven kina as shown on the left. He examines the currency and states their value as hanen fu hama doba temsi tana. The more or less literal meaning of the expression is conversational number word 5 (hanen) double (fu) and on the wrist (6) (doba (6th body part) put the flat with hole (temsi tana, the expression for the one kina coin or the value of one kina).

K1.10 as neck (11)

 The man is presented with one kina and ten toea in the form of two 50 toea coins and one ten toea coin. Because of a prior history detailed in the book, the value of 10t is treated as a unit. The man represents the value as gwer or neck (11th position) in the Oksapmin body part counting system, the equivalent of eleven 10 toea coins.