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Gold and shell bead bracelet

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Modern stringing of ancient long, hollow tubular gold beads and small orange and white shell beads likely made from spondylus and other Pacific Ocean shell.


Descended in the Coolidge Family, Massachusetts; to Catherine Coolidge Lastavica in 1959; to MFA, December 1980, gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica.

Credit Line

Gift of Catherine Coolidge Lastavica

Calima (?), A.D. 100–900

Object Place

Valle de Cauca Department, Colombia


2.5 x 16.4 cm (1 x 6 7/16 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Gold and shell




Jewelry / Adornment, Bracelets, Armlets