Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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necklace with shell pendant
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • necklace with shell pendant, early 1800s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • dentalium shell, shell, glass beads
  • Object Length/Width: 40.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 15 15/16 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1712

The single strand necklace has a large piece of shell as a pendant. The pairs of dentalium alternate with glass beads in red, blue, black, or orange. There are two large tubular red beads mid-strand and two round black beads at the top.