Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown maker from Brazil
  • necklace, late 1800s–1985
  • Where object was made: Vendaral ?, Brazil
  • reptile? teeth, bone?, seeds, palm nuts, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 35 x 13 cm
    Object Length/Width: 13 3/4 x 5 1/8 in
  • Gift of Margaret S. Hodges
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6538

The single strand necklace is made of small black seeds interspersed with small pointed teeth and small bits of bone. There are two larger teeth at the front between three pieces of palm nut. The proper left piece is carved into the shape of a squirrel-like animal, the center piece has a leaf-like shape and the proper right piece is cut into the shape of a bird with the wings spread.