Camel Necklace with Shells


Artist
Baluch, Western Aghanistan (Afghan)
; Aimaq, Western Afghanistan (Afghan)
Date
Early 20th century
Medium
Wool, shells
Dimensions
Work : 6 ft. 5 in. x 4 1/4 in. (2 m x 10.8 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Verne Trinoskey and Paula Armintrout Trinoskey
Object Number
2019.25.10

Label
This long, V-shaped textile was made to hang around the neck and chest of a camel. It is decorated with shells of the sea snail polinices mammilla that can be found in the deserts and along the coasts of Iran and Pakistan. These shells were valued by many nomads as symbols of fertility and wealth and often appear as decoration on bags and animal trappings used in wedding ceremonies. [Caleigh White '2020]

Object Type
Textile