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amulet in the shape of a lizard
  • Plains peoples
  • amulet in the shape of a lizard, late 1800s–1984
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, tin, feathers, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 24.5 x 12 cm length includes tail feather
    Object Length/Width: 9 5/8 x 4 3/4 in length includes tail feather
  • Gift of Elizabeth Sherbon
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1429

The long, narrow sealed and stuffed amulet is in the shape of a lizard. There are two buckskin strips with tinklers and white feathers in place of four legs, and at the tip of the tail. The back of the animal is beaded with light blue beads, with red and white chevrons on the body and red and light blue stripes on the tail. The underside of the animal is undecorated.