Art/ Collection/ Art Object


18th century
Attributed to India, Punjab
Seed pearls, rubies, diamonds, emeralds, gold
3.5 x 6 in.
Credit Line:
John Stewart Kennedy Fund, 1915
Accession Number:
Not on view
Lockwood de Forest, New York (until 1915; sold to MMA)
New York. American Museum of Natural History. "Pearls," October 13, 2001–April 14, 2002.

Chicago. Field Museum of Natural History. "Pearls," June 28, 2002–January 5, 2003.

Atlanta. Fernbank Museum of Natural History. "Pearls," March 22, 2003–July 13, 2003.

Houston. Houston Museum of Natural Science. "Pearls," September 27, 2003–January 18, 2004.

Midland, MI. Midland Center for the Arts. "Pearls," March 13, 2004–July 18, 2004.

Toronto. Royal Ontario Museum. "Pearls," September 18, 2004–January 9, 2005.

Milwaukee. Milwaukee Public Museum. "Pearls," March 5, 2005–June 26, 2005.

Tokyo. National Museum of Nature and Science,Tokyo. "Pearls," October 1, 2005–January 15, 2006.

London. Natural History Museum of London. "Pearls," April 7, 2006–October 15, 2006.

Landman, Neil H. Pearls: a Natural History. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc., 2001.

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