Wampum Earrings Native American Wampanoag Artist Elizabeth James-Perry

$200.00

Wampum Earrings Native American Wampanoag Artist Elizabeth James-Perry

These oval earrings by Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry have a deep purple top, floating over a clean white bottom half. 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.

Shells are approximately 1 3/4 inches high x 7/8 inches wide

Materials: quahog shells, sterling silver ear wires with clips.

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Wampum Earrings Native American Wampanoag Artist Elizabeth James-Perry

These oval earrings by Wampanoag artist Elizabeth James-Perry have a deep purple top, floating over a clean white bottom half. 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.

Shells are approximately 1 3/4 inches high x 7/8 inches wide

Materials: quahog shells, sterling silver ear wires with clips.

Weight 1 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 6 × 4 in
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