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Gold-Plated Cowrie Shell Necklace and Earrings

Item #46882

Sale Price: $21.99 - $89.99

Original Price: $30.00 - $120.00



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Ancient Egyptians often measured their wealth in sacks of cowrie shells, while in recent centuries the Kuba peoples of Central Africa used cowrie shells to ornament masks, hats and more (many examples of which reside in our National Museum of African Art). This regal Gold-Plated Cowrie Shell Necklace and Earrings accents gold-plated pewter cowrie shell shapes with beads of lapis and jasper. Made in the U.S.A.

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Gold-Plated Cowrie Shell Necklace Orig. $120.00 NOW $89.99
Gold-Plated Cowrie Shell Pierced Earrings Orig. $30.00 NOW $21.99

 Necklace, 18"l. with lobster clasp; Pierced Earrings, 1"l.

Museum Provenance

Evocative of artifacts in our National Museum of Natural History’s Egyptian archaeology collection and Eternal Life in Ancient Egypt exhibit.

Every Smithsonian purchase will arrive with a museum provenance card explaining how it is adapted from or inspired by an object or objects in our collection.


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