Wampum fragment

Collection Type

  • Ethnographic materials

Date

1700-1890

GUSN

GUSN-102464

Description

Belt or collar fragment made of white and purple wampum shell beads woven in a repeating pattern. Restrung prior to donation.

Details

Descriptive Terms

wampum
shell (animal material)
glass (material)
flax (fiber)
Belt

Label

Made with wampum -- beads crafted from shells of quahog clams native to the southeastern New England coast -- this partial collar once belonged to a member of the Penobscot Nation. A Penobscot artist re-strung the collar for the donor in 1890, adding glass beads to substitute for any missing wampum. New England Native Americans have used wampum in rituals and as a medium of exchange, in addition to decoration, for centuries.

Additional Identification Number

1915

Related Items

Title 591 - Assortment of Native American artifacts. Accession Number 1917.521

Maker

Attributed to Penobscot people (Artist)

Location of Origin

Maine

Object Type

Clothing -- Accessory

Dimensions

1 3/8 (W) (inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Arlo Bates

Accession Number

1917.591

Date

1700-1890 (re-strung )

Places

Point Pleasant (Lincoln county, Maine) [cape]