Smithsonian museums continue to be closed to support the effort to contain the spread of COVID-19. Read a message from our director, and check our website and social media for updates.

Engraved woodblock of a "Scalloped shell disk"

Engraved woodblock of a "Scalloped shell disk"

Usage conditions apply
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.
Currently not on view
Object Name
Object Type
Wood Engraving
date made
Holmes, William Henry
Government Printing Office
Bureau of American Ethnology
place made
United States: District of Columbia, Washington
Associated Place
United States: New York, New York City
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
engraving (overall production method/technique)
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
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Native Americans
See more items in
Work and Industry: Graphic Arts
Cultures & Communities
Science & Mathematics
Wood Blocks for early Bureau of American Ethnology Publications, Graphic Arts Collection
Wood Engravings, Graphic Arts Collection
Data Source
National Museum of American History
Nominate this object for photography.   

Our collection database is a work in progress. We may update this record based on further research and review. Learn more about our approach to sharing our collection online.

If you would like to know how you can use content on this page, see the Smithsonian's Terms of Use. If you need to request an image for publication or other use, please visit Rights and Reproductions.

Note: Comment submission on our collection pages is temporarily unavailable. Please check back soon!

If you have a question or require a personal response, please visit our FAQ or contact page.