Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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brass and bone necklace
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • brass and bone necklace, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • buckskin, brass, turtle bone, pigment
  • Object Length/Width: 118 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 46 7/16 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1530

This is a long strand of brass beads and turtle bones (possibly humerus) that are each painted red on the head and distal end. 89 bones are present. It was originally a closed loop but it is now broken.