Photographs (left to right): Sunset, Albuquerque, New Mexico; Silver Pennies, Rush, New York; Tent Rocks National Monument, New Mexico

Wampum Belt Archive


CMH III-I-1333

Original Size:

Rows: 5. Length: 83.5 cm. 32.9 inches.








Black shell beaded belt with 33 white shell diamond. Purchased from Arthur Speyer, Jr. in 1973. Exchanged by Arthur Speyer, Sr. with Hessian Landesmuseum Darmstadt in 1928. Ex Ducal Cabinet of Hessen Darmstadt, Germany, old labels in muschein,:

Wampum genannt, der funf Volkerschaften in Nordamerika weiche sie bie offentichen Handlungen brachen.

Stolle state the belt was of white and violet turquoise beads, call wampum, of the Five Nations in North America, which they use in public affairs (my translation, Stolle, Nickolaus), signed T. W. Bull.

Stolle descrobe the wampum as a 'violet turuoise' color. Did he mean 'purple'? (Hamell, R. D.)



Stolle, Nickolaus. 2016. Talking Beads: The history of wampum as a value and knowledge bearer, from its very first beginnings until today. Hamburg, Germany. ISSN 1437-7837