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  • noun

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any of numerous tropical marine gastropods of the genus Cypraea having highly polished usually brightly marked shells

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Stone beads, along with other exotic materials such as cowrie shells, may have been produced or acquired in similar contexts and used politically, perhaps as part of marital exchanges, to help cement ties between communities and draw outsiders and new allies closer to the centre.
The flagship feature of the Cowrie Place is the establishment of a Coordination Monitoring Centre, where the data and information will be fed, assimilated and made available to all government department and agencies involved in the maritime border management.
Just after I got married, my mother gave a cowrie shell to my wife and her sister, telling them of the shells' history.
She often referred to seashells in her work and particularly the cowrie shell as mentioned in her book On Pottery and Porcelain (page 100).
The young men and women stepped off a plane to a raucous welcome yesterday, including dancers who pounded the pavement in costumes made of cowrie shells and traditional praise singers.
Maya dances in kente cloth with cowrie shells or in leotards and tutus.
A Chase Bank banner was repurposed into AfroChase, with the company's name, logo, and a motto--STRENGTHENING OUR COMMUNITIES--depicted in gray felt home insulation adorned with hair picks and cowrie shells, an iconic early form of tender in West Africa as well as an emblem of fortune-telling and divination.
com 3 In malen b's Classics group, cowrie shells provide the basic shape for one of the new patterns.
Whether American or Somali, Christian or Islamic, male or female, black or white, we are all worth the same sum of camels, the same weight of cowrie shells.
Presenter Martin recommends timing your rock pooling with low tide "because then you can find really exotic things you wouldn't normally see, like cowrie shells, pipe fish and big starfish".
It included a cow-skin stole, decorated by Maasai women with cowrie shells, much loved of the Maasai, though their significance is unclear.
And at the Barbados Museum and Historical Society, 11 panels hanging in a back room tell the 400-year history of the slave trade, from the cost in cowrie shells for a slave to the horrific Middle Passage that one in four people didn't survive, to the proud militants such as Barbados' Bussa whose rebellions helped end slavery.
A cowrie shell remains affixed with resin to the top of the head which has been flattened for the purpose.
A later aspect of this economy was the introduction of cowrie shells as a currency in trade for human beings.
To see the river' was unacceptable so he was despatched with a bag of 5,000 cowrie shells (the local currency), enough to keep him alive for about seven weeks.