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Vintage African Cowrie Shell Necklace circa 1980, Africa

This handsome vintage African necklace from Africa circa 1980 has been created from a great quantity of large cowrie shells notable for their open slit detail and ability to be polished to a high sheen. West Africans believed the cowrie shell offered a route to fertility through the opening on the underside of the shell which accounts for the open side of the shell being mounted in this fashion. Cowrie shells come from the Indian Ocean to the east of Africa and were commonly used as currency throughout the continent. When woven onto a hemp based framework as in this necklace a person's wealth and social stature were prominently displayed. The beauty of this necklace is quite obvious as is its sculptural and decorative appeal for any interior.

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DIMENSIONS

13.00" w x 6.00" d x 25.00" h

33.02cm w x 15.24cm d x 63.50cm h

$988.00

This handsome vintage African necklace circa 1980 has been created from a great quantity of large cowrie shells notable for their open slit detail and ability to be polished to a high sheen. West Africans believed the cowrie shell offered a route to fertility through the opening on the underside of the shell which accounts for the open side of the shell being mounted in this fashion. Cowrie shells come from the Indian Ocean to the east of Africa and were commonly used as currency throughout the continent. When woven onto a hemp based framework as in this necklace a person's wealth and social stature were prominently displayed. The beauty of this necklace is quite obvious as is its sculptural and decorative appeal for any interior.