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shaman's necklace
  • Urarina peoples
  • shaman's necklace, late 1800s–2002
  • Where object was made: Chambira basin, Loreto, Peru
  • giant anteater claw?, animal teeth, hoof, seeds, shell, palm fiber, plant fiber, weaving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 61 x 47 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 24 x 18 1/2 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Bart Dean
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5113
Description

The necklace has a single strand of shell fragments, pointed teeth, hoof, and one dark claw. The teeth and shells are on a cord which is attached to a narrow woven band. A portion of the necklace doesn't have shell or teeth, and that portion is wrapped with plant fiber cord. There is a cord covered with clusters of red and black seeds and clusters of smaller white seeds. That string is attached near the top of the shell and teeth portion of the necklace. There are two more strings, one alternates red and white seeds and the other is primarily black/red seeds with a few white seeds. These strings also attach near the top of the shell and tooth portion, though they appear to hang loosely.