"Infinite Knowledge" neck ornament

Jeanne E. Paterak (American)


Length: 118 cm (46 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Silver and paper

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry


Necklaces and neck bands

This neck ornament is a snake-lie wrap and is composed of hundreds of pierced paper circles that appear to have been cut from a manuscript. The circular end pieces, or caps, are made of silver. There is no clasp or closure. The necklace comes with a handmade fitted, wooden box with various printed material and designs on the surface and underside. On the inside edge of the box is the date and title of the work in pencil.


The artists' signature, J. Parernak, written in cursive, is impressed on one of the end pieces. The is also another stamp "j.e" as well as a larger abstract stamp in the form of three coils.


Purchased by the Donor in the 1990s; Gift to MFA June 27, 2007

Credit Line

Gift of Joanne Herman in memory of Barbara Herman