Mimbres Bugs w/Coral -- Hand Painted Lentil set

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Mimbres Bugs w/Coral -- Hand Painted Lentil set
Mimbres Bugs w/Coral -- Hand Painted Lentil set
Item: MIM-BUG-1

This lovely set features hand made porcelain lentil beads that are hand painted with underglazes in a Mimbres Dragonfly or Bug design on both sides.  The bugs fly in the opposite direction on the other side of the bead.  These striking beads are separated and accented with hand made green and black marbleized porcelain lentils, dyed coral spikes, and black porcelain rounds.  It closes with a sterling silver magnetic clasp.

From around 200 A.D. to about 1150 A.D. a group of farmers lived along the banks of the Mimbres river in southwestern New Mexico.  Near the end of this time around 1000 to 1100 A.D. they began to make the beautiful black and white design pottery which they are known for. This pottery is distinctive in its intricate geometric designs with fine lines and stylized figures of animals, humans and bugs.  After about 1150 A.D. their villages were abandoned and no more of their pottery is found.

Size:  The necklace is 20 inches long.   Each of the painted lentl beads on the necklace are .75inch diameter.  The black lentils and the earrings are 5/8inch in diameter.
              The earrings are 1.25in (3cm) long from the bottom of the earwire. Beads are 5/8in (16mm)diameter.  Earwires are sterling silver.