Description

    A HOPI SNAKE DANCE KILT AND PARAPHERNALIA
    c. 1890

    the dance kilt, composed of canvas, painted in black and rust, with the undulating body of an avanyu, small sea shells and metal cones suspended from the hem; together with a pair of hide moccasins, decorated with red ochre and panels of fringe tied at the ankle; a single turtle shell leg rattle, trimmed with dew claws; a single arm band, composed of wood and hide; a single leg band, composed of hide with fringe; a hip bandolier, composed of long hide strips, painted with red ochre; and a group five shoulder bandoliers, most of hide, with shells attached

    Length of kilt: 50 inches






    Condition Report*:

    The kilt, in overall fair to good condition.   One area of loss, approx. 6" x 2", at the waist and a couple of small holes. Frayed edges.  Mottled surface with wear to pigments. Approx. one shell missing on the hem.  The moccasins, (not a pair) in overall excellent condition.  One with fringes possibly added later.  The turtle leg rattle, in very good condition.  Shell intact.  Possibly missing one dew claw.  Others with usual wear.  The arm band, in good condition.  One area of wood, approx. 3/4" in length, probably broken off.  Hide intact.  The leg band, in overall very good condition.  Hide with one small tear, otherwise fur and hide fringes intact.  The hip bandolier, in excellent condition.  One fringe with small area of possible loss.  Pigments with usual wear.  The shoulder bandoliers, in excellent condition.  One with hide strips that are possibly a later replacement.

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    Auction Dates
    December, 2010
    3rd Friday
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