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Necklace of Clay Beads

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Pre-Columbian Anonymous,
Necklace of Clay Beads, n. d.
Terracotta


Object Type: Jewelry
Technique: Hand-built
Period: Ancient (c3000 BCE to 4th c.)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Edward Nagel
Accession Number: 71.1.210


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
Hand-formed terracotta beads strung on cotton string. They are off-white and black from reduction in the fire.

Object Description
A necklace of pre-Columbian era clay beads strung on a cotton string; of Mayan/Mesoamerican origin. The beads are all different shapes (round, oval, natural forms, and oblong). They are cream and black from reduction. There are 54 beads.

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