Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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shell necklace or hair ornament
  • unknown Karuk (Karok), Natinixwe (Hupa), or Yurok maker
  • shell necklace or hair ornament, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: California, United States
  • dentalium shell, shell
  • Object Height/Width: 6 x 31.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 2 3/8 x 12 3/8 in
  • Gift of James K. Allen
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1706

The single strand consists of dentalium shell. There are nine dangles made of one dentalium with one complete bi-valve shell spaced between each bead. It is in two pieces and the smaller piece has two danglers.