Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of jaclas (earrings or pendants)
  • unknown Diné (Navajo) maker
  • pair of jaclas (earrings or pendants), late 1800s–1993
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • turquoise, shell, coral, string
  • Object Length: each 12 cm
    Object Length: each 4 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1727.a,b

The two separate beaded loops are tied together. Each loop has three shell beads, turquoise disc beads, graduated from larger to smaller, and two coral beads at each end which is knotted.

Jaclas are loops of beads sometimes worn as ear ornaments but often found attached to the bottom of necklaces.