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Green and blue/green stone beads are interspersed with 18 barrel-shaped and one ellipsoid bead made of golden metal. The 134 stone beads are a mixture of disc-shaped, barrel-shaped and irregular shapes. They are arranged symmetrically on either side of the golden ellipsoid bead. The ellipsoid bead is made of two hemispheres of sheet metal while the other metal beads are rolled with a simple overlap join. Strung on monofilament.

History Of Use

Turquoise and serpentine beads are found in the graves of numerous ancient cultures from very early times (c. 800 B.C.E.). The blue and green stones are also used for inlay in cast, hammered and carved objects.


Pre-Conquest, before 1532 C.E.

Item History

  • Made in Peru before 1532
  • Collected between 1949 and 1966
  • Owned by Anonymous before May 4, 1981
  • Received from Anonymous (Donor) on May 4, 1981

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