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Whelk Shell Serpent Gorget / Southeast, Mississippian

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Citico theme shell serpent gorget. Body of serpent is wound along a circular border (represented by an incised line) with V for rattler; crosshatching and dot centered spirals and vertical lines with dots between them for the body. The head is in the center, the eye represented by a dot centered, six loop spiral. There are lines projecting from the head and connection to a snarling mouth (impression of a snout on a snake head). The design is on the concave side and runs vertically across the shell’s natural form. Cut from body section of body whorl of whelk shell.

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Title(s): 
Whelk Shell Serpent Gorget
Culture: 
Southeast, Mississippian
Date: 
700 - 1600 CE
Period: 
Mississippian
Place: 
James County, Tennessee
Materials/Techniques: 
Whelk Shell, Pigment
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Accession No: 
90.236
Previous Number(s): 
9025.236; 90.236
Department: 
Not On View

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