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Earrings

Museum number:
1-259109a,b
Permalink:
ark:/21549/hm2101259109a@2cb
Accession number:
Acc.4585
Object count:
2
Description:
Beaded earrings; square pendant with red, white, and black seed beads in geometric pattern; tassels (2) suspended with square with dentalium shell and seed beads; suspended from silver wire clips for pierced ears on duplicate of tassels beneath.
Donor:
Margaret Mathewson and University Appropriation
Collection place:
Northwestern California
Verbatim coll. place:
Northwestern California
Culture or time period:
Paiute and Yurok
Collector:
Margaret Mathewson
Collection date:
unknown
Taxon:
Dentaliidae
Object type:
ethnography
Function:
2.2 Personal Adornments and Accoutrements and 5.7 Gifts, Novelties, Models, Reproductions (excluding currency), Commemorative Medals, and Forgeries
Department:
Cat. 1: California (archaeology and ethnology)
Dimensions:
length 11.5 centimeters
Comment:
From the exhibit text, June 1993: "Basket makers at the turn of the last century were experimenting with new basketry forms such as covered bottles, coasters, napkin rings, and waste paper baskets. Many of these objects were made for sale to non-Indians. Since the 1950's newer, more innovative forms such as basketry necklaces, earrings, and key chains have become popular. Native Californians wear these proudly, in addition to making them for sale. Miniatures are another basketry form that has become popular over the past century.
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