Kewa Pueblo Seashell Corn Dance Necklace with Mosaic Overlay [SOLD]

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Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Necklaces
  • Origin: KEWA, Santo Domingo Pueblo
  • Medium: shell, turquoise, jet, beads, wax string
  • Size:
    16-½” long (variable);
    2-⅝” x 2-⅝” shell
  • Item # C4439F
  • SOLD

Alternate view of the reverse of the shell.

This seashell necklace is overlaid in mosaic style with turquoise and other materials in the manner traditionally made by artisans from Santo Domingo Pueblo for over a hundred years.  This style necklace is frequently seen around the necks of male and female dancers during a pueblo Corn Dance.

The completed shell with the mosaic design was drilled for conversion to a necklace, but the conversion was never completed prior to the previous owner purchasing it.  To make it usable as a necklace, we asked our friend Carol Gala, a noted beadwork artist from Laguna Pueblo, to add the waxed string, which she embellished with multi-colored beads.  She tied off the string, leaving it to be adjusted by the owner to hang as desired.


Condition: this Kewa Pueblo Seashell Corn Dance Necklace with Gemstones and Beads is in excellent condition

Provenance: from the estate of a client from Maryland

Reference: “Santo Domingo Pueblo Jewelry” by Sally and J. Roderick Moore, published in The Magazine Antiques, July 2009

Relative Links: Southwest Indian JewelrySanto Domingo Pueblo - KewaNecklacesCarol GalaLaguna Pueblo

Close up view of the front of the shell.

Jeweler Unknown
  • Category: Necklaces
  • Origin: KEWA, Santo Domingo Pueblo
  • Medium: shell, turquoise, jet, beads, wax string
  • Size:
    16-½” long (variable);
    2-⅝” x 2-⅝” shell
  • Item # C4439F
  • SOLD

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