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Necklace

2006.44.3625 (RS161250)

Description

Long necklace of tiny white shells ('ei pupu) from the Cook Islands. 'Ei pupu are made from the yellow or brown shells of a snail, with the shells frequently boiled or soaked to bleach white. These necklaces are given as gifts and are not widely available outside of the Cook Islands.

Details

Maker
unknown
Inscriptions
"Product of Cook Ils" (handwritten paper tag attached with string to necklace)
Location of origin
Pacific Island Group
Associated Building
Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.).
Material
shell (animal material)
Object type
Adornment
Places
Cook Islands [dependent state]
Descriptive terms
Necklace
necklaces
shell (animal material)
Accession Number
2006.44.3625
Credit Line
Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation
GUSN
269771
Reference Notes
Online Collection Database

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