Wampum Earrings Native American Wampanoag Artist Elizabeth James-Perry

$270.00

Wampum Earrings Native American Wampanoag Artist Elizabeth James-Perry

These hand sculpted earrings combine deep purple wampum with lighter shades, as well as elongated vs. rounded shapes. They are named dancer earrings because they evoke the shape of a person and they will dance with the wearer’s movements.

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.

Earrings are  2 1/2 inches high x 7/8 inches wide

Materials: quahog shells, sterling silver ear wires with clips and braided artificial sinew.

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Wampum Earrings Native American Wampanoag Artist Elizabeth James-Perry

These hand sculpted earrings combine deep purple wampum with lighter shades, as well as elongated vs. rounded shapes. They are named dancer earrings because they evoke the shape of a person and they will dance with the wearer’s movements.

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.

Earrings are  2 1/2 inches high x 7/8 inches wide

Materials: quahog shells, sterling silver ear wires with clips and braided artificial sinew.

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 6 × 4 in
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