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amulet in the shape of a lizard
  • unknown Plains maker
  • amulet in the shape of a lizard, late 1800s–1925
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wool, leather, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 9.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 3 3/4 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift from the Harold Eicholtz Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1426

The animal, possibly a lizard, is a shaped amulet. The underside is dark blue wool. The top is beaded leather. The beading has a green field with a dark blue and white stripe in the midline and four red and white stripes crossing the midline. The four legs are small strips of leather, with yellow beads at the proximal end. The animal has red eyes.