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200 BCE - 1500 CE
Unknown Artist (Mesoamerican)

The mixed shapes and colors of beads indicate a modern assemblage of adornments of unknown provenance. However, the stones’ characteristics suggest they came from West Mexico, although these types of beads are found throughout Mexico.
Modern restringing of ancient Mesoamerican beads and adornments is a common practice. Looters and dealers frequently pool these small finds until a wearable string can be produced and sold to a collector. In addition, it has been common in Mexico for ancient adornments to be repurposed into modern jewelry forms (see 1951.2.22), a practice made famous by artist Frida Kahlo and silversmith William Spratling in the 1950s and 1960s, yet the practice can be traced to the 16th Century.
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  • Owner Name: Marsden Hartley Estate

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