Necklace

Native American (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
about 1900


Object Place: Santo Domingo, New Mexico, United States

Dimensions

76.2 cm (30 in.)

Accession Number

1991.958

Medium or Technique

Orange to white shell (Spiny Oyster; Thorny Oyster Family (Spondylidae: Spondylus americanus), turquoise, White Heishi beads, cotton string

Not On View

Collections

Americas, Jewelry

Classifications

Necklaces and neck bands

Four strands of white cylindrically shaped clam shell interrupted by organically shaped green- toned turquoise and coral-toned haliotis. At neck, strands are wrpped with cotton threads. Earrings (MFA Acc. No. 1991.959) are suspended from the front.

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.)

Provenance

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 Senator Marcus A. and Mrs. Ethel Warren Coolidge