Gold and shell bead bracelet

Calima (?)
A.D. 100–900

Object Place: Cauca and Calima River Valleys, Valle de Cauca Department, Colombia


2.5 x 16.4 cm (1 x 6 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and shell

Not On View


Americas, Jewelry


Bracelets and armlets

Modern stringing of ancient long, hollow tubular gold beads and small orange and white shell beads likely made from spondylus and other Pacific Ocean shell.


Descended in the Coolidge Family, Massachusetts; to Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in 1959; to MFA, December 1980, gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica.

Credit Line

Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica