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CAS 1984-0008-0043A,B   CAS 1984-0008-0043A,B; Earrings
Category Bead & Leatherwork; Jewelry & Metalwork
Object Name Earrings
Culture Melanesian
Global Region Oceania
Country Santa Cruz Islands
Other Geographic Data unknown
Maker's Name Unknown
Date of Manufacture ca. 1920s
Collection Name Rollo Beck Collection (South Pacific)
Materials Turtle shell; Glass beads; Wood; Native cordage
Description Pair of earrings consisting of an elongated bar cut from a piece of turtle shell with a central circle flanked by openwork triangles on either side; Fastened along the bottom edge of the shell bar is a single strand of light green glass beads, possibly strung on a wooden skewer and tied to the shell bar in three places with native cordage; “A” has 16 beads and “B” has 17 beads.
Dimensions (cm) Width = 3.2, Thickness = 0.5, Length = 8.8