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Cut Shell Pendants: Representations of Birds, c. 200-1450
Shell
x 1 1/4 in. ( x 3.25 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Cutting, grinding and carving
Credit Line: Gift of Dr. E.H. Parker
Accession Number: P4030a,b
Cut Cardium shell pendants. Sweetwater phase, Classic Period. Length ranges 2.5-4 cm. Pendant .a: Light brown shell carved as a large bird in profile. The long beak has a line incised to form upper and lower beak. Crosshatching creates feathers on the wings. Deep pupil incised, with a shallow circle incised around it to form eye. Small feet. Pendant b.: White and light brown shell cut in what may be a stylized representation of a bird with out-stretched wings. Geometric shape: roughly rectangular in the middle, with oval tapering sides. Hole pierced near center edge.

Materials
shell (Cardium)

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P4029-P4030 are a set.

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