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beaded necklace
  • unknown Apache or Diné (Navajo) maker
  • beaded necklace, 1922–1928
  • Where object was made: Fort Apache, Arizona, United States
  • beading
  • Object Length/Width: 66.5 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width: 26 1/8 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of Eva F. Bennett
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1894

The loom beaded necklace has a translucent yellow field, except at the top where the field is gray. When viewed together, the design appears as pink, translucent yellow, gray, and pink/yellow checkerboard chevrons. Each side divides, the middle two come together and divide again, ultimately ending in four looped, beaded tassels in bands of gray, translucent yellow, and pink, with yellow balls at the top. The narrow outside panels have loops of translucent yellow off the sides and a vertical pink line on a gray field. The middle panel is gray, and is divided.