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Large heart shaped cushion, decorated with raised beadwork, designs including the American eagle with a large snake in its beak, and the motto 'In God We Trust', a white flower at the bottom, and white leaves at the top, 'Smithsonian NYC 3-16-02' on the left, and on the right 'Accross Borders Exhibit'. Fringe of beads, ground of red velvet, underside lining of calico-like material
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Height: 35 centimetres
Length: 45 centimetres
Depth: 15 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- This was commissioned by JCK to commemorate the exhibit at the National Museum of the American Indian at the NY Customs House, and 9.11. March 16 was the date of the workshop at the exhibit in which the maker took part - it was already completed by then and exhibited there by the maker.
This type of beadwork started in the 19th century for sale at Niagara Falls and other early tourist destinations, being both non-traditional and Euro-American in style and also incorporating traditional Iroquoian interest in nature - flowers, leaves and a bird, such things are often called 'whimsies' now a non-preferred term.
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Presented by Estelle and Morton Sosland.
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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