Beads Strung on Cord
On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
On ceremonial occasions, some of which are still celebrated in Ainu communities, both men and women wear necklaces of imported glass beads and other materials. When not worn, the necklaces are displayed with other family treasures in the home. The glass beads for these necklaces initially came from China and Russia, but eventually a Japanese company started making them specifically for sale to Ainu customers. Many Ainu necklaces have other high-status, imported materials, such as Japanese metalwork (thimbles, sword fittings, and even cabinetry hardware) or coins.
Sapphire blue beads
Gift of Herman Stutzer
You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this three-dimensional work in accordance with a Creative Commons license
. Fair use, as understood under the United States Copyright Act, may also apply.
Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form
For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress
, Cornell University
, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums
, and Copyright Watch
For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright
If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact email@example.com
Ainu. Beads Strung on Cord. Sapphire blue beads, 1 9/16 x 49 5/8 in. (4 x 126 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Herman Stutzer, 12.446. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 12.446_PS9.jpg)
overall, 12.446_PS9.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2014
"CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome
any additional information you might have.