Native American Jewelry Wampum Bear Effigy Necklace Elizabeth James-Perry Wampanoag

$330.00

Native American Jewelry Wampum Bear Effigy Necklace Elizabeth James-Perry Wampanoag

A powerful effigy of a bear, carved from wampum. The pendant hangs from two ply native-tanned moosehide. 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 2 inches wide. The curve in the shell makes it approximately 1/2 inch deep.

The moosehide is approximately 21 inches long; it can be worn shorter by sliding the single wampum disc along the moosehide cord.

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Native American Jewelry Wampum Bear Effigy Necklace Elizabeth James-Perry Wampanoag

A powerful effigy of a bear, carved from wampum. The pendant hangs from two ply native-tanned moosehide. 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 2 inches wide. The curve in the shell makes it approximately 1/2 inch deep.

The moosehide is approximately 21 inches long; it can be worn shorter by sliding the single wampum disc.

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 6 × 4 in
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