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  • Elizabeth James-Perry Hand Sculpted Elongated Oval Wampum Necklace
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    Elizabeth James-Perry Hand Sculpted Elongated Oval Wampum Necklace

    Elizabeth James-Perry Hand Sculpted Elongated Oval Wampum Necklace The centerpiece of this necklace is a hand sculpted elongated oval medallion of wampum, created by Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry, with a cord of hand braided linen. The artist selects her shells carefully and cuts and finishes them all in the traditional way, by hand, to preserve their attractive contours and colors. The contours are difficult to display in two-dimensional photographs, but they add a lot to the visual aesthetic when seen in person. Wampum has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from quahog shells, commonly called wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes. Perry hand selects each quahog shell for color and other qualities. She continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them. Pendant is 2 5/8 inches high x 3/4 inch wide x 1/4 inch thick. Hand braided linen cord is 39 inches long, so it can be tied at any desired length. Materials: quahog shells, hand braided linen
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  • Elizabeth James-Perry Hand Sculpted Wampum Disc Necklace
    Elizabeth James-Perry Hand Sculpted Wampum Disc Necklace
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    Elizabeth James-Perry Hand Sculpted Wampum Disc Necklace

    Elizabeth James-Perry Hand Sculpted Wampum Disc Necklace The centerpiece of this necklace is a hand sculpted, pierced disc of wampum, created by Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry, with a cord of hand braided linen. The artist selects her shells carefully and cuts and finishes them all in the traditional way, by hand, to preserve their attractive contours and colors. The contours are difficult to display in two-dimensional photographs, but they add a lot to the visual aesthetic when seen in person. Wampum has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from quahog shells, commonly called wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes. Perry hand selects each quahog shell for color and other qualities. She continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them. Pendant is 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Hand braided linen cord is 32 1/2 inches long, so it can be tied at any desired length. Materials: quahog shells, hand braided linen
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  • Elizabeth James-Perry circular wampum earrings
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  • Elizabeth James-Perry Wampum Whale Effigy Necklace
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    Elizabeth James-Perry Wampum Whale Effigy Necklace

    Elizabeth James-Perry Wampum Whale Effigy Necklace A necklace in the shape of a whale effigy by Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry, hung on very soft Native-tanned deerskin. The artist selects her shells carefully and cuts and finishes them all in the traditional way, by hand, to preserve their attractive contours and colors. The contours are difficult to display in two-dimensional photographs, but they add a lot to the visual aesthetic when seen in person. Wampum has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from quahog shells, commonly called wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes. Perry hand selects each quahog shell for color and other qualities. She continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them. Whale pendant is 1 7/8 inches high x 5/8 inches at its widest x 3/8 inches thick. Deerskin cord is 42 inches long, so it can be tied at any desired length. Materials: quahog shells, Native-tanned deerskin.
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  • Elizabeth James-Perry Hand Sculpted Wampum Whale Tail Earrings
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    Elizabeth James-Perry Hand Sculpted Wampum Whale Tail Earrings

    Elizabeth James-Perry Hand Sculpted Wampum Whale Tail Earrings A pair of wampum earrings in the shape of whale tails by Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry. The artist selects her shells carefully and cuts and finishes them all in the traditional way, by hand, to preserve their attractive contours and colors. The contours are difficult to display in two-dimensional photographs, but they add a lot to the visual aesthetic when seen in person. Wampum has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from quahog shells, commonly called wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes. Perry hand selects each quahog shell for color and other qualities. She continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them. Tails are approximately 1 1/8 inches high x 1 inch wide x 3/16 inch at their thickest; approximately 1 1/2 inches high including ear wires. Materials: quahog shells, sterling silver ear wires
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  • Elizabeth James-Perry Hand Sculpted Deep Purple Wampum Earrings
    Elizabeth James-Perry Hand Sculpted Deep Purple Wampum Earrings
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    Elizabeth James-Perry Hand Sculpted Deep Purple Wampum Earrings

    Elizabeth James-Perry Hand Sculpted Deep Purple Wampum Earrings A pair of wampum earrings in hard-to-find deep, deep purple, cut in the shape of discs by Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry. The artist selects her shells carefully and cuts and finishes them all by hand to preserve their attractive contours and colors. The contours are difficult to display in two-dimensional photographs, but they add a lot to the visual aesthetic when seen in person. Wampum has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from quahog shells, commonly called wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes. Perry hand selects each quahog shell for color and other qualities. She continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them. Shells are approximately 1 1/4" in diameter; 1/8" thick. Materials: quahog shells, sterling silver ear wires
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  • Elizabeth James-Perry choker
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    Elizabeth James-Perry Choker

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    Elizabeth James-Perry Choker An exquisite traditional Wampanoag woven choker in stunning deep purple and white colors by artist Elizabeth James Perry. Perry combines the patterns on the individually cut beads to maximum aesthetic effect. This is an orca (killer whale) representation reminiscent of Northwest Coast designs. The dangling pendant, a beautiful piece in itself, represents the orca's dorsal fin. Wampum has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from quahog shells, commonly called wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes. Perry hand selects each quahog shell for color and other qualities. The shells are cut and drilled into tubular beads. Perry continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them. The wampum section of the necklace is approximately 10" long x 1/2" wide. The pendant is 5/8" wide by 1 1/2" tall. The deerskin can be tied to different lengths, to fit as the wearer wishes. The 5 strands of beads are painstakingly woven, as can be seen in the detail image. The deerskin is smoked and tanned in the traditional way of New England Native Americans. Materials: quahog shells, hand-tanned deerskin, linen. Woven section is 9 1/4" x 1 3/8"; total length including choker and strip is 30". Deerskin strip is knotted behind the neck when worn.
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    Elizabeth James-Perry Wampum earrings
    Elizabeth James-Perry Wampum earrings
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    Elizabeth James-Perry wampum earrings

    Elizabeth James-Perry wampum earrings A beautifully colored and shaped pair of wampum earrings by Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry. The artist selects her shells carefully and cuts and finishes them all by hand to preserve their attractive contours and colors. The contours are difficult to display in two-dimensional photographs, but they add a lot to the visual aesthetic when seen in person. Wampum has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from quahog shells, commonly called wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes. Perry hand selects each quahog shell for color and other qualities. Perry continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them. Shells are approximately 1 3/8" h x 1" w; 1/4" at their thickest. Materials: quahog shells, sterling silver ear wires
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    Traditional Hand sculpted wampum earrings

    A beautifully colored and shaped pair of wampum earrings by Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry. The artist selects her shells carefully and cuts and finishes them all by hand to preserve their attractive contours and colors. The contours are difficult to display in two-dimensional photographs, but they add a lot to the visual aesthetic when seen in person. Wampum has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from quahog shells, commonly called wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes. Perry hand selects each quahog shell for color and other qualities. Perry continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them. Each hexagonal earring is approximately 1" h 7/8" w x 1/8" thick. Materials: quahog shells, sterling silver ear hoops
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    Stacked wampum earrings

    A beautifully colored and shaped pair of wampum earrings by Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry. The artist selects her shells carefully and cuts and finishes them to preserve their attractive contours and colors. The contours are difficult to display in two-dimensional photographs, but they add a lot to the visual aesthetic when seen in person. Wampum has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from quahog shells, commonly called wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes. Perry hand selects each quahog shell for color and other qualities. Perry continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them. Each earring has four tubular wampum beads, two light and two dark. They are attached with sinew to sterling silver findings. Each earring is approximately 1 1/2" high; beads are approximately 3/8" diameter. Materials: quahog shells, artificial sinew, sterling silver ear hoops
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    Traditional Hand sculpted wampum earrings

    A beautifully colored and shaped pair of wampum earrings by Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry. The artist selects her shells carefully and cuts and finishes them all by hand to preserve their attractive contours and colors. The contours are difficult to display in two-dimensional photographs, but they add a lot to the visual aesthetic when seen in person. Wampum has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from quahog shells, commonly called wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes. Perry hand selects each quahog shell for color and other qualities. Perry continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them. Larger shell is approximately 1 3/4" h x 3/4" w; 1/4" at their thickest. Materials: quahog shells, sterling silver ear hoops
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    Traditional Hand sculpted wampum earrings

    A beautifully colored and shaped pair of wampum earrings by Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry. The artist selects her shells carefully and cuts and finishes them all by hand to preserve their attractive contours and colors. The contours are difficult to display in two-dimensional photographs, but they add a lot to the visual aesthetic when seen in person. Wampum has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from quahog shells, commonly called wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes. Perry hand selects each quahog shell for color and other qualities. Perry continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them. Shells are approximately 1 3/8" h x 1"w; 1/8" at their thickest. Materials: quahog shells, sterling silver ear hoops
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    Traditional Hand sculpted wampum earrings

    A beautifully colored and shaped pair of wampum earrings by Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry. The artist selects her shells carefully and cuts and finishes them all by hand to preserve their attractive contours and colors. Wampum has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from quahog shells, commonly called wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes. Perry hand selects each quahog shell for color and other qualities. Perry continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them. Shells are approximately 5/8" diameter; 3/16" at their thickest. Materials: quahog shells, sterling silver ear hoops
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    Wampum whale tale effigy necklace

    An intriguing necklace whose shape is reminiscent of a whale fluke, both in the outside perimeter as well as in the deep purple tones. Round wampum beads complement the less symmetrical tail. Elizabeth James-Perry's people, the Wampanoag of Martha's Vineyard, were renowned for their whaling skills. Wampum, made from quahog shells, has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes. Perry hand selects each quahog shell for color and other qualities. The shells are cut and drilled into tubular beads. Perry continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them. Materials: quahog shell (wampum), artificial sinew, sterling silver. Necklace is 19" long; shell is 2 1/8" w x 1 1/4" h x 3/16" at its thickest point.
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    Wampanoag gorget

    A beautiful wampum gorget with hand-tanned deerskin tie by Elizabeth James-Perry. The artist hand picks shells; she grinds and finishes them by hand to create one of-a-kind sculptural jewelry. She displays the color and contours of the shell to maximum effect. While the contours are difficult to display in a two-dimensional photograph, they are an important part of the aesthetic experience when viewed in person. Wampum has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from quahog shells, commonly called wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes. Perry continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them. James-Perry's gorgets are inspired by ancient slate gorgets. Click here to see an example of one. Gorget is 1 1/4" x 1"; deerskin is 21 1/2" long; when tied, it will result in a choker-length necklace. Materials: quahog shells, hand-tanned deerskin
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    Elizabeth James-Perry Wampum Hand Sculpted Deep Purple Necklace
    Elizabeth James-Perry Wampum Hand Sculpted Deep Purple Necklace
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    Elizabeth James-Perry Wampum Hand Sculpted Deep Purple Necklace

    Elizabeth James-Perry Wampum Hand Sculpted Deep Purple Necklace A diamond shaped necklace hand sculpted by Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry, hung on very soft Native-tanned deerskin. The deep purple color of this pendant is highly valued, and is becoming increasingly difficult to find. The artist selects her shells carefully and cuts and finishes them all in the traditional way, by hand, to preserve their attractive contours and colors. The contours are difficult to display in two-dimensional photographs, but they add a lot to the visual aesthetic when seen in person. Wampum has been used by coastal tribes for thousands of years. Items made from quahog shells, commonly called wampum, are culturally significant to New England tribes and are held in great esteem within families and within tribes. Perry hand selects each quahog shell for color and other qualities. She continues this traditional work form as a way of honoring her connection to her ancestors, their history, their way of life, and the ocean that sustains them. Pendant is 1 1/2 inches high x 1 3/8 wide. Deerskin cord is 45 inches long, so it can be tied at any desired length. Materials: quahog shells, Native-tanned deerskin
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