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Belt or collar fragment made of white and purple wampum shell beads woven in a repeating pattern. Restrung prior to donation.
shell (animal material)
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.
Attributed to Penobscot people (Artist)
1 3/8 (W) (inches)
Gift of Arlo Bates
1700-1890 (re-strung )
Point Pleasant (Lincoln county, Maine) [cape]
Title 591 - Assortment of Native American artifacts. Accession Number 1917.521