Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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elk tooth necklace
  • United States
  • elk tooth necklace, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • dentalium shells, glass beads, bone beads, buckskin
  • Object Length: 36 cm
    Object Length: 14 1/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0524

The double strand of dentalium shells is joined at regular intervals with white, red, green, blue, or brown beads paired with bone beads carved in the shape of elk teeth. It has four white plastic beads at each end and buckskin ties.