American Collar II

City Flora/City Flotsam Series

Jan Yager (American, born in 1951)


Overall: 33 x 31.1 x 0.6 cm (13 x 12 1/4 x 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Plastic, rubber, stainless steel, silver, crack vials, crack caps, syringes, cast silver crack cap.

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry


Necklaces and neck bands

Necklace composed of found objects. Plastic, rubber, stainless steel, sterling silver, 139 crack vials, 222 crack caps, 2 syringes (found), sterling crack cap (cast); Gathered, sanitized, sorted, rilled, strung, cast.

Jan Yager’s City Flora/City Flotsam series examines the urban landscape outside her studio. Beginning in 1990, Yager began to “beachcomb” the sidewalks around her studio in north Philadelphia, returning with bullet casings, crack vials, and shattered auto glass from which she made conceptual jewelry like American Collar II.


Jan Yager; Daphne Farago, December 14, 2001 Daphne Farago; to MFA, 2006, gift of Daphne Farago.

Credit Line

The Daphne Farago Collection


© Jan Yager