Published: May 2, 2023
Fetching $23,940 was a Western Great Lakes gunstock club with decorations from the mid-Nineteenth Century. With an overall length of 27 inches, it was decorated with four variously spoked circular elements, the depiction of a caterpillar and a stylized form of a Thunderbird on one side. The other side had a carved inset, steel blade and buffalo tail drop.
A Plains grizzly claw necklace crafted in the second half of the Nineteenth Century, its hide thong strung with blue “padre” beads and ten claws, realized $10,710.
This Cheyenne beaded hide knife sheath, fourth quarter Nineteenth Century, 10 inches long, sold for $9,450.
Water guardian Avanyu was the decorative motif for a Maria Martinez and Popovi Da blackware pottery jar with gunmetal finish. Dated July 1968 and 10 inches high, it crossed the block at $9,450.
A matched pair of Sioux beaded hide possible bags from the fourth quarter of the Nineteenth Century, each 12 inches in length and 20 inches wide, left the gallery at $11,340.
By Maria Martinez and her son Popovi Da, a redware plate was decorated with repeating feathers. Signed and dated May 1969 on base with a diameter of 11½ inches, it realized $11,340.
Selling for $11,340 was a Nez Perce beaded boy’s shirt, fourth quarter Nineteenth Century.
A Navajo late classic serape/rug from the fourth quarter of the Nineteenth Century with a design of vertical zigzagging bands and a central column of crosses, 75½ by 53¾ inches, earned $12,600.
A carved blackware pottery jar by Margaret Tafoya was designed with a wide band depicting Avanyu, a Tewa deity, the guardian of water. At a height of 17 inches, it made $11,340.
A Sioux quilled and beaded hide shirt, fourth quarter Nineteenth Century, led the sale’s first session, selling for $40,950.
A choice example of Plains ledger art was this Arapaho drawing from the Edwards ledger book, third quarter of the Nineteenth Century that was bid to $25,200.
Among notable textiles in the sale, this Navajo Germantown pictorial weaving from the late Nineteenth Century, woven using seven colors to creating an eye-dazzling pattern of zigzagging diamonds with crosses and two male figures within, 83½ by 61½ inches, brought $13,860.
Also bringing $40,950 was a Fort Berthold quilled hide shirt from the fourth quarter of the Nineteenth Century.
A Maria and Julian Martinez San Ildefonso painted redware pottery plate, 1925-43, bearing a central image of a Thunderbird went out at $37,800.
A Western Plains tacked pipe tomahawk, fourth quarter of the Nineteenth Century, realized $13,860.
Decorated with American flags, an Imogene Big Medicine Cheyenne beaded dress, accompanied by boot moccasins, earned $8,820.
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