Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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amulet in the shape of a rattlesnake
  • unknown Plains maker
  • amulet in the shape of a rattlesnake, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 28 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: 11 x 2 3/4 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1424

The stuffed rattlesnake shaped amulet has a brick red head with white eyes. The top of the body is brick red, with rectangles interspersed with light blue and white longitudinal stripes. The rectangles are a combination of white, red, and light blue beads. There is one dark blue rectangle and one green rectangle. The tail has light blue and white stripes indicating a rattle. The belly of the snake is striped red, white, and blue. We are unsure about what the snake is stuffed with.