“The Nez Percé Elder” loop necklace, Museum Quality Historical recreation
- Reference: FC1123
- Origin: Firewind Creations.
- Period: Contemporary Historical Recreation
- Size: 10 Rows.
- Materials: White shell heishi, old style French brass beads, old stock vintage Greasy Yellow and Greasy Pony Trader Blue crow beads, brass hawk bells, genuine antique 19th century French gold-plated brass boot buttons, clam shell discs, old stock vintage red white heart pony beads, hand-cut and dyed deerskin fringes, harness leather.
- Price: 355€
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“The Nez Percé Elder” loop necklace, Museum Quality Historical recreation.
While many tribes across the Plains, Plateau and Basin areas would customarily be seen wearing bone hairpipe breastplates in the second half of the 19th century into the reservation period, like the Lakota, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Kiowa, etc., other tribes like the Crow, Blackfoot, Flathead, and Nez Percé, among others, would rather favour this kind of ornament, often referred to as “loop necklace” or “Crow loop necklace”, and meant to symbolize the rib cage of the buffalo. There are many historical photos of warriors wearing this kind of necklace, the most famous ones probably being those of Chief Joseph.
This is a collectible museum-grade piece. I call it a “recreation”, and not a “replica”, in the sense that it is not a reproduction of a documented existing piece. Rather than a technical copy, this is an original creation made in a spirit and style reminiscent of the Nez Percé.
I use as many antique or vintage components as I can find. I use absolutely no chemicals to artificially age the components. My aim is not to produce a make-believe antique, but rather to create a piece that shines in all the beauty it would have had at the time when it would have been worn, with some weathering, and reasonable age and wear from use.
This necklace is composed of 10 rows. The first row features old stock vintage crow beads, in greasy yellow and greasy blue, two typical colors favored by the Nez Percé, and two brass hawk bells. The next nine rows are composed of white shell heishi. All rows are decorated with old style vintage French brass beads, and hand-cut and dyed Canadian deerskin fringe.
The last row is, very typically, ornamented with genuine 19th century antique French gold-plated brass boot buttons. The structure of the necklace consists of brown harness leather. Finally, the necklace is enhanced with two large clam shell discs, mounted in the traditional way, with antique red white heart pony beads, and hung from a lace through a third top hole.
The finished piece was smoked over a campfire, with white sage, sweetgrass and cedar.
Original one-of-a-kind creation by a non-native artist.
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