While evidence of craft specialization and differences among burials still suggest the presence of non-egalitarian societies, these sites typically lack the exceptionally wealthy graves, coffins, bronze drums and cowrie shell
containers encountered at Shizhaishan, Lijiashan and Tianzimiao.
The cowrie shell
once housed and sheltered a living creature.
included in one grave are almost certainly exotic, and bangles were fashioned from fish vertebrae (Pilditch 1993).
The nkisi nkondi may have had a large cowrie shell
in its belly.
Small cluster of homes are often engaged in crafts like bell metal work (dhokra), wrought iron craft, terracotta, cowrie shell
work, sisal and bamboo products, weaving, stone carving, wood craft, Kosa silk production, Tumba art, Godna printing and tribal painting.
The Sasana Kijang's architectural concept is inspired from the shape of the Cowrie shell
, a popular form of money in the Malay Peninsula during the 3rd century with its building facade derived from the geometric patterns of traditional Malaysian songket motifs, reflecting the hand woven fabric designs.
Polo named it porcellane which referred to the cowrie shell
, used as currency in the Orient in those days.
The women dance in a circle wearing traditional black robes, ornate cowrie shell
headdresses and colourful necklaces.
Just after I got married, my mother gave a cowrie shell
to my wife and her sister, telling them of the shells' history.
A cowrie shell
remains affixed with resin to the top of the head which has been flattened for the purpose.
The cowrie shell
baguette bag at pounds 20 is another must.
Before colonisation, Africa had a single currency, the cowrie shell
, which was used from west to east.
Faced with the relatively few cowrie shells
from Obanian sites, and drawing on wider (but still sparse) British information, this thoughtful piece asks reasonable questions relating to the identity of Obanian population and the contemporary expression of that identity.
There is a significant contribution by French scholars on late prehistoric and historic issues covering diverse topics from the role of cowrie shells
and Chinese coins in the Dian value system to the career of Jayavarman II, founder of the ruling dynasty of Angkor.
Wood, glass beads, cowrie shells
, feathers, raffia, fur, fabric, sting, bells.