Necklace (oo koo yant')

Native American (Santa Domingo Pueblo)
about 1920s

Object Place: Santa Domingo, New Mexico, United States


86.99 cm (34 1/4 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Orange to white shell (Spiny Oyster; Thorny Oyster Family, Spondylidae; Spondylus americanus), turquoise, coral (Mediterranean coral; Corallium rubrum), white heishi beads (clamshell; these beads are NOT Tridacna derasa, Tridacna gigas or Tridacnidae spp., including all species in genera Hippopus and Tridacna), cotton cord

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Americas, Jewelry


Necklaces and neck bands

Three strand bead necklace with small clamshell beads regularly puntucated with larger, roughly-shaped turquoise and red coral beads. Two jacla of turquoise beads and three corn-kernel-shaped red shell beads are tied to mid-point of strand.

Material details:
Orange to white shell (center drops on pendants): Spiny oyster (Thorny Oyster Family Spondylidae, Spondylus americanus)
White heishi beads: Clamshell (these beads are not Tridacna derasa, Tridacna gigas or Tridacnidae spp.)
Rough-shaped red material: Coral (Corallium rubrum)


David Saity, New York City dealer of Native American Indian jewelry, purchased in Southwest. Given to the Museum in 1999.

Credit Line

Gift of Chaya and David Saity