This item is a large assortment of jewelry from the San Blas Islands of Panama. My Aunt Julia collected these necklaces directly from the Kuna Indians in the San Blas Islands in the late 1950s or early 1960s. The lot includes a metal chain with 7 large wooden beads. This was worn by a Cuna man. There is a large strand of seeds with 16 double strand segments around the perimeter. This is a rather large necklace in mint condition. One necklace has 9 small pieces of red corral. The remainder of the necklaces are beaded. One of the beaded necklaces has many small seashells. Each shell is separated by one or more beads. There are five necklaces with only colored beads. The majority of the beads are yellow, but there are many additional colors. The colored beads are often wrapped around the legs or arms or the children. These necklaces are in excellent condition. They have been in storage for more than 50 years.
The Kuna ( Cuna ) artifacts that I sell are from two sources: my family collection (purchased between 1953 and 1974) and from Dean Flora, a Baptist missionary who spent a lot of time in the San Blas Islands in the 1960s and early 1970s. Dean was a wonderful man who tried to introduce Christianity without destroying the Kuna culture. The Kuna Indians loved him and made him an honorary member of their tribe. This honor is rarely bestowed to outsiders. Therefore, all of the molas that I sell are at least 35 years old. but most are 40 to 60 years old and some are even older.