Engraved woodblock of a "Scalloped shell disk"

Description
This engraved woodblock of a “Scalloped shell disk” was prepared by the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.; the image was published as Plate LIV (p.274) in an article by William Henry Holmes (18461933) entitled “Art in Shell of the Ancient Americans” in the Second Annual Report of the Bureau of Ethnology to the Secretary of the Smithsonian, 1880-81. The disk was found in Nashville, Tennessee by Major John Wesley Powell. In a footnote to his article, Holmes identifies “Kate C. Osgood” as an accompanying artist on this expedition.
Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
block
Object Type
Wood Engraving
date made
1883
author
Holmes, William Henry
printer
Government Printing Office
publisher
Bureau of American Ethnology
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
Measurements
overall: 11.4 cm x 10.6 cm x 2.3 cm; 4 1/2 in x 4 3/16 in x 7/8 in
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Associated Place
United States: New York, New York
ID Number
1980.0219.1274
catalog number
1980.0219.1274
accession number
1980.0219
subject
Art
Native Americans
Communications
Cultures & Communities
Science & Mathematics
Wood Blocks for early Bureau of American Ethnology Publications, Graphic Arts Collection
Wood Engravings, Graphic Arts Collection
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Culture and the Arts: Graphic Arts
Wood Blocks for early Bureau of American Ethnology Publications, Graphic Arts Collection
Wood Engravings, Graphic Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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