Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Hopi maker
  • necklace, late 1800s–1963
  • Where object was made: Arizona, United States
  • cord, buckskin, mammal paws, shell, pigment
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 57 x 28 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 7/16 x 11 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7115.08

The necklace is made from multiple strands of cord which is doubled over and rubbed with red pigment. The decoration is clustered in bundles with brown buckskin fringe and shells. A variety of shells are used, including a red and white bivalve shell, grey and white shells, white and light brown sprial shells, and brown and white bivalve shells. There are two small feet with dark brown fur and curved claws.