This stunning, one-of-a-kind, runway necklace is a rare piece of Mary McFadden jewelry.
In the catalog of her 2009 show: MARY MC FADDEN: GODDESSES, at the National Museum of Women In The Arts, she is decribed as"...frequently referred to as a “design archeologist,” McFadden has created more than 100 collections. Her distinctive gowns, clothing ensembles, and jewelry reflect and integrate the art of ancient Near Eastern, African, Greek, Javanese, Pre-Columbian, Dynastic Chinese, Japanese, and Korean cultures."
From around 1967, the necklace is made of Turquoise and Bone. It is 22 1/2" (59 cm) long. The carved, stylized, Byzantine antelope head is 3 1/8" (8.1 cm) long and 1 3/4" (4.8 cm) at the widest point in profile. The largest of the white bone beads is 7/8" (2.6cm) in diameter.
There are three rough turquoise bead strands at the center portion and double turquoise strands toward the back. (The turquoise is paler than in most of the photographs. In order to show the definition in the carving, the turquoise went dark.) It closes with a gilt tongue clasp and has a gilt hang tag that reads M McF.
It also has its original paper hang tag that says Mary McFadden on one side and an inventory number and materials description on the other.
This is a pristine piece of jewelry. It appears to have never been used.