Multi-strand, lightning bolt necklace

Native American
late 20th–early 21st century
Yazzie Johnson (Native American, born in 1946), Gail Bird (Native American, born in 1949)


Length: 23.5 cm (9 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold (14 kt), coral, garnet, Biwa pearl, and rutilated quartz

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry


Jewelry / Adornment

The necklace is composed of three strands of truncated, spherical beads embellished by three bolts of lightningwith ovoid garnets at the tips and two Biwa pearls at the top. Two asymmetrical gold and garnet ornaments adorn the shoulders and the clasp is set with an oval garnet cabochon and a trapazoidal, rutilated quartz.


Impressed 14 K on clasp


1980s-90s, purchased by Dale and Doug Anderson from dealer Dexter Cirillo; 2012, gift of the Andersons to the MFA. (Accession date: June 27, 2012)

Credit Line

Gift of Dale and Doug Anderson


Reproduced with permission.