Native American (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
Object Place: Santo Domingo, New Mexico, United States
76.2 cm (30 in.)
Medium or Technique
Orange to white shell (Spiny Oyster; Thorny Oyster Family (Spondylidae: Spondylus americanus), turquoise, White Heishi beads, cotton string
Not On View
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.
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.)
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).
Gift of Louise C. Carpenter in memory of her parents, United States Senator Marcus A. and Mrs. Ethel Warren Coolidge