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Necklace of Stone Beads

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Pre-Columbian Anonymous,
Necklace of Stone Beads, n. d.
Stone beads


Object Type: Jewelry
Technique: Carving
Period: Ancient (c3000 BCE to 4th c.)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Edward Nagel
Accession Number: 71.1.238


Commentary
These beads are now strung together, but may not have been from the same object, time period, or culture originally.

Marks
No marks.

Medium
Carved stone beads, probably of jade or jadeite, strung on a cotton string. Some may be of coral.

Object Description
A necklace of pre-Columbian era stone beads strung on a cotton string; of Mayan/Mesoamerican origin. The beads are of jade or jadeite, and all but one are in rough, natural forms. The one unusual bead looks cut and polished, and appears to be jade. There are 28 beads.

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