Origin: Santo Domingo
Date: Circa 1920
Media: Turquoise and Abalone
Dimensions: 15.25″ long, Shell 3 x 2.75″
Description: This is a large and wonderful example of a shell with mosaic overlay. The necklace portion is believed to be a later addition. The mosaic layout follows in the prehistoric pattern of a larger, centered element, in this case a piece of rectangular abalone. The necklace is an assemblage of turquoise and shell – likely spiny oyster – beads. The very end element is an Isleta cross of sorts. The necklace is strung with what appears to be contemporary sinew.