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Wampum Belt Archive


Iroquois-Pitkin Wampum Belt

EMB IV-B-7608

Ethnologisches Museum Berlin, Germany

Original Size:

6 rows. Length: 96.2 cm. 37.9 inches.








Black shell bead belt with two white, outlined shell bead diamonds. Wrapped edges/ "Pitkin Belt" war booty since 1945 in Russia. Old label "War Belt". exchanged with Walter C. Wymann in 1908, purchased from Charles P. Sanders in 1904, ex Anna D. Pitkin Collection, 1903, gift of Iroquois Chief Johnson to Reverend Thomas Clapp Pitkin DD, Buffalo in 1864-66.


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