Engraved woodblock titled "Shell Gorget - The Cross"


This engraved woodblock of “Shell Gorgets – the Cross” was prepared by the Government Printing Office in Washington, D.C.; the print was published in 1883 as Plate LI.1 (p.268) in an article by William H. Holmes (1846-1933) 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.

A gorget is a piece of shell that has been engraved and perforated so that it can be worn as a pendant; in this case, it has been engraved with a cross insignia. The caption beneath the image reveals that the gorget was found in Union County, Illinois.

In a footnote to his article, Holmes identifies “Kate C. Osgood” as an accompanying artist on his collecting expedition.

Date Made: 1883

Printer: Government Printing OfficePublisher: Bureau of American EthnologyAuthor: Holmes, William Henry

Location: Currently not on view

Place Made: United States: District of Columbia, Washington

Subject: Native Americans


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Exhibition Location:

Data Source: National Museum of American History

Id Number: 1980.0219.0080Catalog Number: 1980.0219.0080Accession Number: 1980.0219

Object Name: blockObject Type: Wood Engraving

Physical Description: wood (overall material)engraving (overall production method/technique)Measurements: overall: 8.9 cm x 8.8 cm x 2.3 cm; 3 1/2 in x 3 7/16 in x 7/8 in

Guid: http://n2t.net/ark:/65665/ng49ca746a5-886d-704b-e053-15f76fa0b4fa

Record Id: nmah_749072

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