1970.78.10.0007 (Collar)

1970.78.10.0007 (Collar) image

Wide, handwoven neckband. Top and bottom are lined with beads, seeds, and teeth. All the teeth are ocelot teeth from hunting. The more teeth on a neckband, the better hunter in the society. These are only made and worn by men. The colours alternate between green, white, and pink patterns. The top has an alternating pattern of one tooth separated by somewhere between two and five black beads. The bottom has an alternating pattern of one tooth separated by red and black seeds with two brown seed casings towards the outer edges. The collar ties in the back by string. the proper left side has three sets of strings; one on top, middle, and bottom. The proper right side has two sets of strings; top and middle. It appears to have been repaired at one point and restitched together with thread that does not match the rest of the piece along the middle where the middle ties lie.