Native American (Santo Domingo Pueblo)
about 1900

Object Place: Santo Domingo, New Mexico, United States


76.2 cm (30 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

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

Not On View


Americas, Jewelry


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.)


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