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Shell Bracelets

UnknownJomon period

Saitama Prefectual Museum of History and Folklore

Saitama Prefectual Museum of History and Folklore

During the Jōmon Period (16,500-3,000 BCE), many bracelets were made by drilling holes into large bivalve shells such as grapsoid crabs and ark clams and cutting the shells of veined rapa whelk horizontally. These types of bracelets are often found on the forearms of women within burial tombs. The rough design process for making these seashell rings included polishing, painting, and shaving.

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