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Native American (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
about 1985
Tony Aguilar (Native American, born in 1919), Ernestine Aguilar (Native American, 1932–1996)

Object Place: Santo Domingo, New Mexico, United States


Overall: 73.3cm (28 7/8in.) Other: 3.5cm (1 3/8in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Turquoise, jet, serpentinite, pipestone (argillite), white/yellow shell (Ethiopian or Melon Whelk; Volutopsius melonis), wrought brass barrels, and white/yellowithorange/red/purple disks (Spiny Oyster; Thorny Oyster Family; Spondylidae, Spondylus americanus)

Not On View


Americas, Contemporary Art, Jewelry


Necklaces and neck bands

Massive necklace consisting of flat beads whose diameter gets smaller toward the ends. Two conical brass elements lead from the beads to a brass hook and eye closure. Two cylindrical barrel beads are present, one on each side of the necklace. They are studded with four bezels holding flat-cut turquoise. All brass elements bear stamped designs. Small round brass beads are added between the beads in the lower part of the necklace.


Stamped on brass cone: A [with crossbar at top]


1985, sold by the artists to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 24, 1985)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds donated by a friend of the Department of American Decorative Arts and Sculpture