Deep Purple Wampum Leaf Necklace Native American Jewelry

$330.00

The leaf is predominantly deep purple, but a corner of white creates a wonderful color contrast. 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 3/4 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches high.

The hand braided black linen cord is 21 inches long; the larger wampum disc slips through the knotted end of the cord to form a secure clasp. Two smaller discs are decorative.

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Deep Purple Wampum Leaf Necklace Native American Jewelry

A hand carved wampum leaf necklace by Wamapnoag artist and historian Elizabeth James-Perry. The leaf is predominantly deep purple, but a corner of white creates a wonderful color contrast. 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 3/4 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches high.

The hand braided black linen cord is 21 inches long; the larger wampum disc slips through the knotted end of the cord to form a secure clasp. Two smaller discs are decorative.

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 6 × 4 in
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