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shaman's necklace
  • unknown Urarina maker
  • shaman's necklace, late 1800s–2002
  • Where object was made: Chambira basin, Loreto, Peru
  • palm fiber, shell, seeds, unidentified fiber, giant anteater claw, jaguar claw
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 57 x 43 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 22 7/16 x 16 7/8 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of Bart Dean
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5114

The necklace has a single strand of shell fragments, pointed teeth, hoof and one jaguar tooth. 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 are two cords covered with clusters of red and black seeds and clusters of smaller white seeds that attach near the top of the shell and teeth portion of the necklace.