String of cowrie shells

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Created by
Unidentified
Medium
shell , string (fiber product)
Dimensions
H x W x D: 1/2 × 1 × 34 1/2 in. (1.3 × 2.5 × 87.6 cm)
Type
shell money
Place used
West Africa, Africa
Maldives, Asia
Date
1800 - 1968
Description
A string of cowrie shells. There are sixty (60) tan and yellow colored cowrie shells on a string composed of multiple natural-colored strands twisted together. The shells do not create a distinct pattern and they are oriented on the string in varying positions.
Topic
African American
Africa
Beauty culture
Clothing and dress
Finance
Slavery
Trans Atlantic slave trade
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of the Family of William & Mattye Reed
Object number
2014.182.59
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Collection title
William & Mattye Reed Family Collection
Classification
Slavery and Freedom Objects
Adornment
Coins and Currency
Exhibition
Slavery and Freedom
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Concourse 3, C3 053
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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