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Artful Adornment


People have adorned themselves with necklaces since time immemorial. Showcased here are stunning examples from our collection, representing a wide variety of designs from across the world. Some of the neckpieces served as symbols of wealth, status, spirituality, and remembrance, while one actually protected the wearer’s neck and chest on the battlefield.

Online Exhibition

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Explore a selection of striking neckpieces.


Neeraja Poddar, The Ira Brind and Stacey Spector Associate Curator of South Asian Art; with Elisabeth Agro, The Nancy M. McNeil Curator of American Modern and Contemporary Crafts and Decorative Arts; Dirk H. Breiding, The J. J. Medveckis Associate Curator of Arms and Armor; Leslie Essoglou, Department Manager, South Asian Art; Kathryn B. Hiesinger, The J. Mahlon Buck, Jr. Family Senior Curator of European Decorative Arts after 1700; Jack Hinton, Associate Curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture; and Hiromi Kinoshita, The Hannah L. and J. Welles Henderson Curator of Chinese Art
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