These powerful three-dimensional sculptures are fabricated on wooden armatures and
retain original paint and fabric. It appears that the straw/grass headdress was taller; the
other figures hair is adorned with beads and feathers. Very good condition considering
medium; minor imperfections consistent with age and use.
Each mask is approximately 29.5" high by 25" wide by 9.5" deep.
Condition: Overall very good condition, rods, and stiches intact
Additional Information: According to J.F. Breazeale author of The Pima and His
Basket, (Published by the Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society in 1923) this
pattern was sometimes called a swing or ladder design for lack of a better term.
The stick-handle continuing to the nearly round burl head…very old black paint in dry patina over oyster white over red; triple layer appears to only be in the grip area.
(Excellent condition; length: 14")
Wood back with protruding footrest (carved), the back is neatly scratch decorated;
Woven burden strap (trumpline). Excellent original condition; height: 25”, width at top: 11.25”, tapering to 9.75” at base.
Waste-not-want-not...during the period that we suspect this was made, circa 1900, we find many photographs depicting Indian women wearing beaded purses made of recycled materials-and why not! They were inspired by purses worn by tourists visiting the reservations.
Dimensions: 9.75 by 6.5-inches.
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