Cowry Shell Tunic

Item Name: 
Cowry Shell Tunic
Inventory Number: 
2016.1016.2.0.14
Category: 
Other
Ethnicity: 
African
Condition: 
Fair
Size: 
8" x 10"
Miniature woven tunic with cowry shell exterior. Too heavy to have born worn by a child, so likely used to dress a sculpture or figurine. Many African cultures once used cowry shells as currency, so may represent wealth of owner. Some shells are loose or missing.