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What is this?

Modeled after diagram of a slave trade ship seen from above, showing the lower deck densely packed with a cargo of slaves; five cowrie shells hang from the lower edge.

This is a brooch from United States. It is dated 1993–96 and we acquired it in 1997. Museum purchase from Monet Jewelry Fund.

Its medium is

brass, cowrie shell

Its dimensions are

H x W x D: 6.5 x 10.2 x 1.3 cm (2 9/16 x 4 x 1/2in.)

This object has been tagged:

This object was manufactured by Who Deserves It More Than You? and designed by Phyllis Bowdwin

This object was purchased from Phyllis Bowdwin and fund: Monet Jewelry Fund

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<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=http://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18655181/ |title=Brooch, "The Middle Passage - African Holocaust, "Maafa" (terrible thing in Swahili)", 1993–96 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=22 December 2014 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>

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