Bead necklace

about 1972
John Paul Miller (American, 1918–2013)

Object Place: Brecksville, Ohio


Overall: 47.9 x 1.6 cm (18 7/8 x 5/8 in.) Lender accessory (Red box): 4.4 x 17.6 x 13.3 cm (1 3/4 x 6 15/16 x 5 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Amethyst, gold

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry


Jewelry / Adornment

Polished round amethyst beads with gold granulated spacers, four small gold beads with abstract-patterned granulation, and three large beads with images of sea creatures depicted in granulation; the largest of the three, in the center, depicts an octupus, and the two flanking gold beads depict starfish. Handmade clasp decorated with gold granulation.


Made by the artist for Toshiko Takaezu about 1972; given by Takaezu to the MFA in 2008. (Accession Date: February 25, 2009)

Credit Line

Gift of Toshiko Takaezu in honor of John Paul Miller


Reproduced with permission.