**Originally Listed At $125**
Pre-Columbian, South Coast Peru, Nazca, ca. 200 to 400 CE. An attractive necklace comprised of dozens and dozens of hand-cut, hand-polished, and hand-drilled beads made of stone and spondylus shell beads of beautiful coral, sunny orange, purple, and creamy beige hues - restrung and joined via a modern silver hook and clasp. Spondylus shells, also known as spiny or thorny oysters due to their nubby appearance, have been revered by Andean peoples since the Pre-Columbian era. In addition to being featured in their artwork and used as currency, Spondylus pieces served as sacred offerings to Pachamama, the earth / time mother, a version of Mother Nature. Size: 20" L (50.8 cm); central pendant bead .5" L (1.3 cm)
Provenance: private UK collection, acquired between 1930 and 1934
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