Small tortoiseshell with protuding epidermic plate

Made:
1880-1920 in Namibia

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Small tortoiseshell with protuding epidermic plates, smooth plastron perforated for suspension, magical qualities attributed to such shells, worn by women, Herero, South West Africa, 1880-1920

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