Liu, Robert K.
October 2008
Ornament;2008, Vol. 32 Issue 1, p56
The article compares the ancient and ethnographic ornaments made from Mauritanian conus shell disks. Marine gastropod Conus has been among the preferred shells for ornaments in prehistory since about 20,000 B.C. In the prehistoric Americas, the apex of conus shells were used to create tinklers, while the jewelry of ethnographic origins uses the apex of the conus shells as rings or armrings. A description of conus shell ornaments is offered, along with historical perspectives on conus shell jewelry.


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