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Maskettes

Mississippian long-nosed gods maskettes
AD 1100–1500
Illinois
Marine shell, probably lightning whelk
6 x 5 x 5.5 cm
Collected by Eugene and Paul Wright
24/3506, 24/3507, 24/3508

Long-nosed god maskettes are believed to represent deities. They were widely used around AD 1100, and have been found in eastern Florida, eastern Oklahoma, and on the upper Mississippi River. They are also depicted on engraved shell cups and redstone sculptures, and are painted on rock walls at Picture Cave in Missouri.

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