Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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necklace with quillwork medallion
  • United States or Canada
  • necklace with quillwork medallion, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: North America
  • wooden beads, plastic beads, shell, porcupine quills, metal, buckskin, synthetic leather, dyeing, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 45 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Width: 17 11/16 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0522

The single strand of round wooden beads is made of light brown, medium brown, and dark brown and off-white hairpipe beads. There are tin cones at the ends and a buckskin tie. The medallion is decorated with a white eight-pointed star, with a red bowtie in the center and red and light blue filling the negative space around the star. It has a white beaded picot edge. There are four fringes at the bottom in the same wooden beads as above. Each fringe has a long narrow piece of shell at the end.