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c 1875-1900
This man’s breastplate is composed of wampum or small shells that probably signified wealth and status. Over time, shells were replaced by ceramic beads and it became more of a decoration that was worn by men.
Leather, shell, buckskin. L 25.0, W 25.0 cm
Nez Perce National Historical Park, NEPE 2211