People of the Waters - Woodland
OPM #:
2200-50
Object Name:
Gorget
Description:
Probably long nose god image, Mississippian.
Comments:
The shell that hung from the neck of the head man was gorgeous. It shone white in the sun and was the biggest shell anyone has ever seen. Everyone knew it had come from a place far to the south where there was a great sea. The shell was artistically decorated with a drawing of one of the gods. It was impressive and expensive.

This ocean conch or whelk shell is about 1,500 years old. It is engraved with an image of what archaeologists believe to be a long-nose god. The two holes at the top were for a leather thing. It was found in Calumet County, Wisconsin, about 1900.
Found:
Calumet County, WI/Fond du Lac County, WI
Collector:
Brugger, George M.
Material:
Shell
Culture/Period:
Mississippian
Dimensions:
H-4.6 W-13.3 L-18.6 cm
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