This vintage turquoise heishi necklace has a stamped brass barrel bead at the center bottom, reminiscent of jacla necklaces. Typically, this traditional Santo Domingo (Kewa) Pueblo form uses tabular pieces of shell at the bottom, but this one has a stamped brass barrel bead instead. Some Kewa artists were known for mixing turquoise with brass beads and specifically for this style of bead. Tony Aguilar, Sr., is the most famous, and I have sold and have in my personal collection some of his works. Many of his pieces were signed, which this one is not. I've also not ever seen anything by him that used the non-traditional wood beads, so this could either been an early piece of his or another artist altogether. The turquoise in this necklace is a medium-light blue, hard to capture in photos. The length is short enough to be considered a choker, meant to wear high on the neck. This has for many years been a popular style, and this could have been made specifically for a younger person, a young woman or man in their teens to early 20s.
The brass barrel bead in the center measures just under 3/4" long by just over 1/4" tall. Heishi discs are just over 1/8" in diameter to just about or under 1/8" for those towards the ends. The total necklace length is 15-3/4″ from end to end including the hooks. Weighs 27g.
A beautiful nostalgic piece.
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