Spiney Oyster Shell Hoops with Jacla

Native American

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Size: 3.75" long by 1" wide at it's widest.
Origin: Santo Domingo Pueblo, New Mexico
Material: Spiney Oyster Shell, Sterling Silver

These large earrings are from Santo Domingo Pueblo in New Mexico The shape is similar to pieces made more than a thousand years ago by the Anasazi. The jacla is an ancient style. The word “jacla” in the Navajo language means “ear string” and referred to the two loops of stone. The loops were worn as earrings during special occasions and ceremonies and tied a necklace when not in use. Tabular pieces at the bottom of each jacla represent “corn”.