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Cowrie Cowry Shells Adornments Mixed Bag Africa Loose 1.4 LBs

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Title Cowrie Cowry Shells Adornments Mixed Bag Africa Loose 1.4 LBs
Type of Object Cowrie Shells Adornment, British West African coins
Country of Origin Possibly Kenya
People Turkana, probably
Materials cowrie shells, leather, unknown metal content, cotton
Approximate Age 20th century
Dimensions 1.4 lbs
Overall Condition Fair to good.   Most of our pieces have spent decades on at least two continents, and have been treasured by several owners.   Small splits, scrapes and cracks are a normal part of their patina attesting to their age and extensive use.  We examine each piece carefully when we receive it and report any damage we find in our listings.  Please look carefully at the pictures which may also reveal condition and damage.
Damage/Repair Chips, wear

Additional Information: A bag of mixed, loose cowrie shells.  Some are bracelets, pieces of decoration for clothing and shakers or containers.

 Throughout Africa, cowrie shells are used to make jewelry and to decorate many other ritual and daily live objects.   Originally magical substances would be applied or attached to the cowrie shells to ensure protection of the bracelet's owner. Cowrie shells are also abundantly used in the art decorative pieces . They symbolize wealth and prestige as they were traditionally used as money for important transaction and as decorative elements for numerous artifacts.