Detail View: JCB Archive of Early American Images: [Wampum belts]

Accession number: 
09906
Record number: 
09906-14
JCB call number: 
E722 B129h vol. 1
Image title: 
[Wampum belts]
Place image published: 
[Paris]
Image publisher: 
[Jean-Luc Nion and François Didot]
Image date: 
[1722]
Image function: 
plate; following p. 334
Technique: 
engraving
Image dimension height: 
13.3 cm.
Image dimension width: 
7.7 cm.
Page dimension height: 
16.1 cm.
Page dimension width: 
8.8 cm.
Materials medium: 
ink
Materials support: 
paper
Languages: 
French
Description: 
Two wampum belts made of porcelain beads. The wider one has a chevron pattern.
Source creator: 
Bacqueville de La Potherie, M. de (Claude-Charles LeRoy), 1663 - 1736
Source Title: 
Histoire de l'Amerique Septentrionale ... Tome premier
Source place of publication: 
A Paris
Source publisher: 
Chez Jean-Luc Nion, au premier pavillon des quatre nations, à Ste. Monique. Et François Didot, à l'entrée du quai des Augustins, à la Bible d'or.
Source date: 
M. DCC.XXII [1722]
notes: 
Text states that the strings of beads represent a kind of writing. They can symbolize the making of peace, be ambassadorial gifts, initiate new enterprises, condemn or absolve, function as money, and be worn by warriors. The beads, usually white and purple, came from New York.
Time Period: 
1701-1750
Provenance/Donor: 
Acquired before 1870.
Owner and copyright: 
©John Carter Brown Library, Box 1894, Brown University, Providence, R.I. 02912
Commentary: 
geographic area: 
North America
Subject Area: 
Artifacts, industry, and human activities
Subject headings: 
Indians of North America--Jewelry
Subject headings: 
Rites and ceremonies