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21 Pieces of Turquoise: 8 worked and 13 unworked, (Thle-e-kwa) or earrings

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Turquoise, coral, cotton string
DATES early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 3 1/4 x 3/16 in. (8.3 x 0.5 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 07.467.8454.1
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1907, Museum Collection Fund
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CAPTION Manta (She-we-na (Zuni Pueblo), Native American). 21 Pieces of Turquoise: 8 worked and 13 unworked, (Thle-e-kwa) or earrings, early 20th century. Turquoise, coral, cotton string, 3 1/4 x 3/16 in. (8.3 x 0.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1907, Museum Collection Fund, 07.467.8454.1. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 07.467.8454.1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION These are delicate earrings 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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21 Pieces of Turquoise: 8 worked and 13 unworked, (Thle-e-kwa) or earrings