Mississippian. <em>Engraved Conch Shell</em>, 1200-1500 C.E. Conch shell, pigment, Falcon warrior: 10 7/16 × 7 1/2 × 5 1/2 in. (26.5 × 19.1 × 14 cm). Brooklyn Museum, By exchange, 60.53.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 60.53.1_view01_PS11.jpg)

Engraved Conch Shell


Medium: Conch shell, pigment

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:1200-1500 C.E.

Dimensions: Falcon warrior: 10 7/16 × 7 1/2 × 5 1/2 in. (26.5 × 19.1 × 14 cm)


Museum Location: Arts of the Americas Galleries, 5th Floor


Accession Number: 60.53.1

Image: 60.53.1_view01_PS11.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Engraved conch shell depicting bird-man with beaked mask and "speech scroll" coming from mouth. Engraved lines are painted with brown pigment. Streamer lines extend from head. Perforated spool in ear. The arms are extended with feathered wings hanging down. Feet are claws. Wears ankle band, necklace and belt. Such conch shells were used as cups to hold a drink made from yaupon leaves used as a purge during ceremonies.

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