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Necklace #1536

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This necklace is made up of antique Chinese hair ornaments of Kingfisher feathers laminated to gilt silver peony petals and butterflies. According to the artist, the symbols here illustrate the "...flower of the 'yang,'" as well as "love, affection, and eternal spring" while the butterfly...

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"B" on ceramic bead located near the terminal of the left cord


2011, gift of Barbara Witt to the MFA. (Accession date: December 21, 2011)

Credit Line

Gift of the artist Barbara Natoli Witt in memory of her mentor, Eleanor Lambert


Reproduced with permission.

American, 2011


Height x width x depth: 21.5 x 21 x 1.4 cm (8 7/16 x 8 1/4 x 9/16 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Gilt silver, gold (14 kt), Kingfisher feathers, ruby, pink tourmaline, turquoise, black spinel, and glass


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