Jul 2, 2018

"Mandarin Chain" Bead Necklace

"Mandarin Chain" Bead Necklace

1800s

Tourmaline, jade, pearls, seed pearls, seed coral and gilt metal

Overall: 120.6 cm (47 1/2 in.)

Gift of Mrs. Ralph King 1945.167

Location

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The gilt metal was decorated with blue kingfisher feathers.

Description

Bead necklaces were worn by both high-ranking women and men, with a central string running over the person’s back and two side strings falling parallel to the necklace over the chest.

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