Pair of Earrings
Arts of the Americas
On View: South Gallery, 1st Floor
Turquoise, coral, cotton string
early 20th century
3 1/4 x 3/16 in. (8.3 x 0.5 cm)
Museum Expedition 1907, Museum Collection Fund
These delicate earrings are made by carving individual shell beads in a technique known as heshi beads. The original heshi beads were made of shells ground into very small, fine beads strung into necklaces. Here, the turquoise is done in a similar manner in addition to the coral.
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