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)


Dimensions

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

Accession Number

2012.393

Medium or Technique

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

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Collections

Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry

Classifications

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.

Markings

Impressed 14 K on clasp

Provenance

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

Copyright

Reproduced with permission.