Published: December 7, 2021
DALLAS — A circa 1900 hide cape with glass and brass beads, dyed porcupine quills, cloth and sinew, made by Oglala Sioux Julia Jordan for her daughter, Maria Julia, led Heritage Auctions’ Ethnographic Art, American Indian, Pre-Columbian and Tribal Art Signature event on December 2. It finished at $37,500, the highest price in a sale that realized a grand total of $1,044,898.
Julia Jordan was the wife of Charles P. Jordan, Indian agent and co-owner with J.A. Anderson of the Jordan Mercantile Company on the Rosebud Reservation. Her beadwork was worn in Indian shows and displayed at expositions in Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco and Cincinnati. It was one of three lots in the sale that descended through the family, which was full-blood of Chief Red Cloud’s band (1857-1913).
Several categories in the sale were represented in the highlights. The second highest price of the day — $31,250 — was realized by an early Twentieth Century Salampasu mask from the Democratic Republic of Congo that is regarded as one of the most important masks of its type.
Rounding out the leaderboard at $25,000 and third place was a Pre-Columbian Diquis gold figural pendant from Costa Rica, circa 700-1400 CE.
Watch for a longer sale recap in a future issue.
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