Absolutely stunning antique native-made beaded pillow probably made around 1930 by an Iroquois or Mohawk master artisan. The eight lobed cushion is exquisitely detailed. Beading depicts two beautiful birds perched on clusters of berries. Majority of beading is done with clear glass beads that appear silver or grey, on a central purple velvet panel. Beaded pillow border is outlined with two rows of copper beads, and accented with yellow, green, light blue and pink leaves, one on each side. Museum quality, the pillow has looped beaded fringe on three sides. We were informed by Iroquois beadwork expert Dolores Elliott that pieces like this one were meant to be hung, so the upper side does not have the beaded fringe that surrounds the other three sides. Measures approximately 7 inches wide by 8 inches high. Filled with sawdust, the polished cotton back is deteriorated but still intact. No stuffing escapes. We have had the honor of purchasing several native-made beaded cushions like this one in the past, but have never seen a more gorgeous or elaborate example of First Nations beadwork. This would be an incredible artistic treasure to display in any rustic home.
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