Beaded snake
22" long
beads and fiber
early 20th century

$300

This snake was one that I purchased from a dealer in the Netherlands who had it listed as Plains Indian. The
beadwork on the piece was incredible, and the beads are very old and extremely small beads, some of the smallest
I've seen. I took the dealer at his word on the attribution, but never really found many comparative examples. The
American Indian art specialist from Sotheby's was in Denver and I showed it to him and he had his doubts that it was
Plains Indian, and had doubts that it was any American Indian tribe. Instead he thought it was most likely from Mexico
or Central America. He admired the craftsmanship of the piece and said he thought it was most likely early 20th
century due to the beads. I was thankful to get some sort of more definitive answer regarding its origin.

There is a string coming out of the snake's mouth and it appears to have been put there to hang the piece on a wall. I
was going to get my mount maker to make a mount for it, but I have never gotten around to it.
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