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Rattlesnake Gorget (Breast Ornament)

Arts of the Americas

On View: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, The Americas’ First Peoples, 4000 B.C.E.–1521 C.E.
CULTURE Mississippian
MEDIUM Shell
DATES ca. 1400
DIMENSIONS 6 1/2 x 5 3/8 in. (16.5 x 13.7 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
ACCESSION NUMBER L49.3.2
CREDIT LINE Collection of Christopher B. Martin
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Mississippian. Rattlesnake Gorget (Breast Ornament), ca. 1400. Shell, 6 1/2 x 5 3/8 in. (16.5 x 13.7 cm). Collection of Christopher B. Martin, L49.3.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, L49.3.2_PS9.jpg)
IMAGE overall, L49.3.2_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2013
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Elliptical shaped gorget with three holes along one edge, spaced two then one. The engraved rattlesnake design is circular with the parts of the rattlesnake disarticulated. It is executed in linear style with crosshatching infill.
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Mississippian. <em>Rattlesnake Gorget (Breast Ornament)</em>, ca. 1400. Shell, 6 1/2 x 5 3/8 in. (16.5 x 13.7 cm). Collection of Christopher B. Martin, L49.3.2. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, L49.3.2_PS9.jpg)