Bear tooth brooch

Northwest America or Alaska
about 1900


Dimensions

Overall: 7.6 x 5.1 x 1.6 cm (3 x 2 x 5/8 in.)

Accession Number

2010.680

Medium or Technique

Silver and animal tooth

Not On View

Collections

Jewelry

Classifications

Brooches

The brooch consists of two canine teeth, possibly from a Grizzly bear, in a silver mount composed of two caps (over the points of the teeth)and a flat band connecting the two teeth in the middle. On the reverse of the brooch, attached to the band, is a pin-stem with C-shaped clasp. The silver tips have chased and engraved decoration while the central band has engraved, profile images of two bears.

Provenance

By 1970, Daphne Farago, Rhode Island; 2010, gift of Daphne Farago to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 22, 2010)

Credit Line

The Daphne Farago Collection