Necklace of Nueva Cádiz beads
- unknown artist
Unknown artist, Necklace of Nueva Cadiz Beads, 1500-1550. Nueva Cadiz glass beads and seed beads; 34 in. Gift of the Collection of Frederick and Jan Mayer, 2013.329.
Some of the earliest glass beads used in the Spanish Americas, and certainly the most prized, were Nueva Cádiz beads, so named by modern archaeologists for the site in Venezuela where many were found. Here the long Nueva Cádiz Twisted and Nueva Cádiz Plain turquoise-over-white beads are separated by small green-glass seed beads, one of the most common types of beads.
--Julie Wilson Frick, 2017