Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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snake figure
  • unknown Zuñi maker
  • snake figure, late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: New Mexico, United States
  • deer antler, feather, turqoise, shell, leather, carving
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 11.5 x 10 x 23 cm height feathers to table; length feathers to tip
    Object Height/Width/Length: 4 1/2 x 3 7/8 x 9 1/16 in height feathers to table; length feathers to tip
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1716

The snake figure is carved from an antler and decorated with feather and stone attachments. The snake's head is carved into the larger end and four lines are carved into the smaller end. Black feathers obscure the head and are tied on with leather strips. One strip of leather is decorated with turquoise and stone beads.