Shell gorgets are among the rarest and most beautiful of prehistoric art objects encountered in the United States. Most have been found in the Southeastern United States and are associated with various cultures from Woodland through Late Mississippian.
This outstanding example is 4 7/8" long. It has no restoration or repair. It has beautiful patina. This one is the "Buffalo Style" which is the most elaborately decorated of the shell masks. It has the elongated nose, puckered mouth, hairline, forehead and chin tattoos, and speech marks below the mouth. It was found in Crittenden County, northeastern Arkansas.
I purchased it from Who's Who Duke Snider on 8-1-92 who purchased it from Who's Who Tom Davis.