Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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shell and bone beads
  • Plains peoples
  • shell and bone beads, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • shell, bone, stone, incising
  • Object Length/Width: largest 4 x 1 cm
    Object Length/Width: largest 1 9/16 x 3/8 in
    Object Length/Width: smallest 1.5 x 0.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: smallest 9/16 x 3/16 in
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1709

These are 30 loose pieces of shell and bone beads. There are three curved pieces of bone with a hole in one end. There is one stone disc with a hole at the top. There are three tubular pieces of shell with a lengthwise hole. The remainder are flat pieces of shell, mostly incised at one end, and notched at the other.