Woodlands, Deptford culture. <em>Effigy Plummet, Form of Turtle Head or Bird</em>, 200–500 C.E. Stone, 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (8.9 x 8.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Mrs. William B. Parker, 64.211.1. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 64.211.2_64.211.1_64.211.3_PS9.jpg)

Effigy Plummet, Form of Turtle Head or Bird

Artist:Woodlands, Deptford culture

Medium: Stone

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:200–500 C.E.

Dimensions: 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 in. (8.9 x 8.9 cm)



Accession Number: 64.211.1

Image: 64.211.2_64.211.1_64.211.3_PS9.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Plummet in the form of a carved turtle or a bird head. The end is tapered possibly for tying on a cord for suspension. Suggested uses for these types of plummets are: weights to be used in weaving, sinkers for fishing, personal talismans or ornamental pendants suspended from the neck or waist either by the elite class or by commoners for dance performance display. There is an early sketch of several dancers wearing such plummets dangling from their waists entertaining what appear to be elite people. Hundreds of these plummets have been found mostly just tapered so these are especially fine as carved to represent local fauna.

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