Earrings (oo koo yant') mounted as necklace pendants

Native American (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
about 1900

Object Place: Santo Domingo, New Mexico, United States


Height x width: 48.3 cm (19 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Orange to white shell (Spiny Oyster; Thorny Oyster Family (Spondylidae; Spondylus americanus), turquoise, white heishi beads (clamshell; these beads are NOT Tridacna derasa, Tridacna gigas or Tridacnidae spp., including all species in genera Hippopus and Tridacna), cotton string

Not On View


Americas, Jewelry


Earrings, flares, plugs, studs

Blue, cylindrically shaped graduated turquoise interrupted by two groups of four organically shaped haliotis.Altered to be a necklace; suspended from 1991.958.

Material details:
Orange to white shell: Spiny oyster (Thorny Oyster Family Spondylidae, Spondylus americanus)
White small heishi beads: Clamshell (these beads are not Tridacna derasa, Tridacna gigas or Tridacnidae spp.)


Purchased in the West by Senator Marcus Allen Coolidge and Ethel Warren Coolidge in the 1930s. Descended in the family and given to the Museum in 1991 by Louise Coolidge Carpenter (the daughter of Senator and Mrs. Coolidge) and Judith Herdeg (the granddaughter of Senator and Mrs. Coolidge).

Credit Line

Gift of Louise C. Carpenter in memory of her parents United States, United States Senator Marcus A. and Mrs. Ethel Warren Coolidge