Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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necklace with a beaded medallion
  • United States
  • necklace with a beaded medallion, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, beads, cowrie shells, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 50 x 8.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 19 5/8 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0494

This is a single strand of beads in red, light blue, dark blue, orange, and yellow, with off-white hairpipe beads. There are three beaded fringes at the bottom of the medallion in the same colors, each with a cowrie shell at the bottom. It has a beaded medallion with a buckskin backing.

The medallion has a red field and a light blue border. The central design is a six-pointed star with six secondary points. The innermost to the outermost colors are: yellow, orange, dark red, dark blue, and light blue.