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Neckpiece, Fragment

Arts of the Americas

On View: Great Hall, South, 1st floor
This elaborate, multi-strand necklace of beads carved from turquoise, Spondylus shells, and clamshells was likely a luxury item worn by elite members of Chimú society. The administrative capital city of Chan Chan was also a center of trade and craft production. Spondylus shells came from warmer Pacific waters farther north, but we do not know the source for the turquoise used by ancient Andean artisans. Perhaps it was traded from distant mines in what are now Chile, Bolivia, and Argentina.
CULTURE Chimú
MEDIUM Spondylous and clam shell beads, turquoise beads, cotton.
DATES 1000-1532
PERIOD Late Intermediate or Late Horizon
DIMENSIONS 7 7/8 x 7 1/2in. (20 x 19cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Great Hall, South, 1st floor
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ACCESSION NUMBER 86.224.181
CREDIT LINE Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc.
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Chimú. Neckpiece, Fragment, 1000-1532. Spondylous and clam shell beads, turquoise beads, cotton., 7 7/8 x 7 1/2in. (20 x 19cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.224.181. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.224.181.jpg)
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Chimú. <em>Neckpiece, Fragment</em>, 1000-1532. Spondylous and clam shell beads, turquoise beads, cotton., 7 7/8 x 7 1/2in. (20 x 19cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the Ernest Erickson Foundation, Inc., 86.224.181. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 86.224.181.jpg)