Norman Mizuno began making jewelry as a child in his native Hawaii, helping his mother fashion pieces from tropical seeds and nuts for the tourist trade. According to the artist, the beads that constitute this necklace, which he terms "clay body jewelry," were made between 1972 and 1980 and then reconfigured in 1990. Mizuno cites a wide variety of influences, from ancient Egyptian and Mayan artifacts to Las Vegas showgirl costumes.
Glazed earthenware, metal, textile
13 1/2 x 9 x 3/4 in. (34.3 x 22.9 x 1.9 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of the artist and Alan J. Davidson
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Norman Mizuno (American, born 1948). Necklace, ca. 1990. Glazed earthenware, metal, textile, 13 1/2 x 9 x 3/4 in. (34.3 x 22.9 x 1.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the artist and Alan J. Davidson, 1996.31. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1996.31_PS9.jpg)
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Necklace: An intricate and broad fan-shaped beaded bib with two large centered hollow hemispherical open-mouthed faces with a double row of alternating disc and diamond shaped ceramic beads strung between them, and below that a bead of a figural pig's face is also strung; each central face is connected on the top and outer side to a string with double strung spherical beads, two small tube beads and with figural pig's faces on the top and figural face's on the sides, which together are used to secure the necklace around the neck and around the chest; the central faces and central pig's face each have four strands of suspended beads, while the outer figural faces each have three strands of suspended beads; each strand is comprised of a tube bead, a spherical bead, three disc beads, a circular bead with a central dot, a bow-shaped bead with two dots, a spherical bead, an eye bead, and a bell.
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