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beaded necklace
  • Apache or Diné (Navajo) peoples
  • beaded necklace, 1922–1928
  • Where object was made: Fort Apache, Arizona, United States
  • beading
  • Object Length/Width: 65.5 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 25 3/4 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of Eva F. Bennett
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1895

The loom beaded necklace has a white field with short segments of a "key" pattern in medium blue and black. The panel is decorated with a red cross with a medium blue center and light blue blocks around it and black parenthesis-like lines. It divides into four narrow panels with rectangles of green and black on the outer two, and black zigzags on the inner two. Each panel ends in a looped beaded tassel with a red ball at the top and bands of white, black, light blue, and medium blue.