A garter of white cowrie shells
encircled one leg just below the knee.
Now he wore a richly embroidered red skirt, a headpiece of cowrie shells
hung with tufts of yak's tail and a sadly magnificent bandolier of yellowed tiger's teeth, some six inches long.
While perhaps not as valuable, this example is typical of the dresses Kiowa women made towards the end of the nineteenth century and into the early parts of the twentieth century, using cowrie shells
and carved bone imitation teeth as substitutes for real elk ivory teeth which had become unavailable.
People seeking an answer to their problems consult the Babalowa who will cast the Cowrie shells
and depending on whether they fall face up or down, mark the binary results as an algorithm on the floor.
Built by Field Marshall Kaiser Shumsher, The Garden was inspired after a trip to Edwardian England using funds that Kaiser had won from his father in a game of cowrie shells
The American woman hears him before she sees him--his arm a clink and chime of cowrie shells
suffers a trance-inducing "attack" from the cowrie shells
embedded in his skull.
Each piece is inspired by a different culture and uses healing crystals, semiprecious stones and cowrie shells
in addition to iconic charms to create the signature Ivory style," Zaki says.
Try this chic knit style for a picture-perfect vacation look, from the handmade, open-crochet-detailed triangle top to the side-tie hipster bottoms, which feature tassels with dip-dyed ends and antiqued cowrie shells
As societies became more complex, other inedible products were also given exchange value: pearls and cowrie shells
from the sea, and finally processed precious metals from the earth like gold, silver, copper and bronze.
The four cornered arrangement of cowrie shells
indicates the festal rank of the owner's ancestor .
He kept part of the old harness, which was decorated with cowrie shells