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Pendants are hanging ornaments that were usually worn in a necklace. They come in a variety of shapes from square, round, oval, rectangular, tear drop, cylindrical, and effigies. They were made from potsherds, shell and stone.

Potsherd Pendants:

 

1N This pendant is Casas Grandes Plain Pottery.

Approximate Dimensions: 4" by 3"

The original vessel would have looked very similar to this piece:

When the original pottery vessel was constructed it was made to have opposing sets of hanging holes,

these hanging holes were a little off center for the face so when the sherd was turned into a pendant the owner "pump drilled"  a new hole to make the pendant hang evenly. The original two holes are the left, the new hole is on the right.

Revised: 09/22/2007

Copyright: 2007