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Incised gorget fragment / Southeast, Mississippian

Essay/Description

This incised shell gorget fragment was produced from the body section of the body whorl, or shell cup, of a whole marine shell. The shell has been incised with a stylized face with a “raccoon banded-eye marking” and is executed in the Craig A style. After the artist completes incising (or removing small and precise amounts of material through carving methods) the design onto the shell, a pigment is rubbed into the incised (or carved) lines. The incised design is located on the concave surface of the artifact. The artifact possesses a smooth texture and squared edges. Overall shape of the artifact loosely resembles a square.

Phillips and Brown (1978) Plate 140

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Title(s): 
Incised gorget fragment
Culture: 
Southeast, Mississippian
Date: 
700 - 1600 CE
Period: 
Mississippian
Place: 
Le Flore, Oklahoma
Materials/Techniques: 
marine shell, pigment
Classification: 
Accession No: 
90.1675
Department: 
Not On View

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