Pair of tété négresse style gold earrings with yellow stones

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Created by
Louis Fritz, Guadeloupean, founded 1982
Medium
metal
Dimensions
H x W x D (each): 1 3/8 × 1 × 7/8 in. (3.5 × 2.5 × 2.2 cm)
Type
earrings
Place made
Pointe-à-Pitre, Grande-Terre, Guadeloupe, Caribbean, Latin America, North and Central America
Date
1990s
Description
A pair of tété négresse style gold-colored earrings with fish hook clasps. Each earring is formed with four (4) consecutive circular layers that form a convex shape with the innermost layer being the pinnacle. This center layer is made from a single gold-colored metal bead that has a raised center nipple surrounded by a rounded cone with engraved stripes. The center bead is soldered to a second layer of five (5) gold-colored metal flower beads that have hollow centers with a single stamen protruding from the center. The layer is in turn soldered to the third layer, comprised of nine (9) of these same flower beads. The third layer is soldered to the fourth and outermost layer made from a ring of gold-colored metal resembling a ball chain, but with the back of this piece being flat. There is one rounded ball section protruding from the outermost layer with the looped portion of the clasp extending from it and attaching to a hook at the bottom center back.
Topic
African American
African diaspora
Beauty culture
Clothing and dress
Design
Fashion
Ornamentation
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture
Object number
2015.32ab
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Classification
Adornment
Exhibition
Cultural Expressions
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 050
Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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