Necklace

Collection Type

  • Jewelry

GUSN

GUSN-269771

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

Descriptive Terms

necklaces
shell (animal material)
Necklace

Inscription

"Product of Cook Ils" (handwritten paper tag attached with string to necklace)

Associated Building

Original To Stephen Phillips House (Salem, Mass.),

Maker

Unknown

Location of Origin

Pacific Island Group

Object Type

Adornment

Credit Line

Gift of the Stephen Phillips Memorial Charitable Trust for Historic Preservation

Accession Number

2006.44.3625

Reference Notes

Online Collection Database

Places

Cook Islands [dependent state]