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Dress and ornament in the Americas

Glass and shell necklace

Length: 32.000 cm
Height: 6.000 cm

AOA 2004

Glass and shell necklace

From: California (Costanoan)
Date: 19th century AD

The large rectangles on this beautiful necklace are made of a kind of shell called abalone. They have been cut to shape with a special stone saw, and the edges smoothed off. If you look at the larger image, you can see that above the shell are two rows of tiny white glass beads.

The necklace would have been worn by an important native north American on special occasions.