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chest ornament
  • Venezuela
  • chest ornament, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: Venezuela
  • seeds, reed, shell, plant fiber, string
  • Object Height/Width: 96 x 50 cm
    Object Height/Width: 37 13/16 x 19 11/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6822

Triangular chest ornament is made from netted strings covered with seeds. It is mostly red seeds with clusters of four light grey seeds at regular intervals. The fringe around the edges has segments of light colored natural reed, red and light grey seeds, some snail shells, and a large brown nut at the tip. The top of the chest orament has two plant fiber ties. The reed and seed fringe extends along the top edge and there are two longer fringes at the top center point. Each has a small snail shell.