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Necklace, Thunderbird, Santo Domingo Depression, Battery Bird, Rare Diamond Chest, Vintage, 1940s, 1703

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Southwestern Santo Domingo-style jewelry is not only beautiful but almost baffling. This vibrant vintage battery bird necklace was crafted from tiny turquoise scraps, bits of gypsum, pieces of red plastic, and various found objects (such as car battery casings). Crafted in the traditional style, it's centered by a colorful thunderbird accented by a series of coordinating triangular tabs on a strand of gypsum beads, but what makes this necklace rare is the unique diamond chest shield. If you are a collector of these old birds - you want this one in your collection!

  • affiliation: Kewa
  • materials: gypsum, turquoise, various recycled resins
  • dimensions: 26" long
  • pendant: 2 1/4" x 1 5/8"
  • weight: 70 grams
  • hook & eye
  • nice vintage condition
  • no missing stones
  • glue residue on tabs
  • light wear from ethnographic use
  • style: JN1703
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