Necklace #1536

American
2011
Barbara Natoli Witt (American (born 1938))


Dimensions

Height x width x depth: 21.5 x 21 x 1.4 cm (8 7/16 x 8 1/4 x 9/16 in.)

Accession Number

2011.2082

Medium or Technique

Gilt silver, gold (14 kt), Kingfisher feathers, ruby, pink tourmaline, turquoise, black spinel, glass, and silk thread

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

This necklace is made up of antique Chinese hair ornaments of Kingfisher feathers laminated to gilt silver peony petals and butterflies. According to the artist, the symbols here illustrate the “…flower of the ‘yang,’” as well as “love, affection, and eternal spring” while the butterfly represents “joy and conjugal felicity.”

Markings

"B" on ceramic bead located near the terminal of the left cord

Provenance

2011, gift of Barbara Witt to the MFA. (Accession date: December 21, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of the artist Barbara Natoli Witt in memory of her mentor, Eleanor Lambert

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.