Late 1800s Southern Plains, beaded Apache Skull cracker with tin cone fringes

Late 1800s Southern Plains, beaded Apache Skull cracker with tin cone fringes

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Southern Plains, beaded Apache Skull cracker with tin cone fringes

This skull cracker is estimated to be from the late 1800s. It originates from the Southern Plains region, owned by a member of the Apache band (Na’ishan).

It is fully beaded (minor loss on some spots on the beading) – beautiful vibrant colors white and orange, dark green and yellow. The stone is quite heavy; its fringes are covered with tin cones which make a nice rattling noise. FULLY HANDMADE – a lot of work and time went into the making of this piece! Even the stone is beaded all around, measuring 3 1/2" x 2" x 1 1/4" 

The Apache are a group of culturally related Native American tribes of the Southwest deserts (particularly in Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas). Some Apache people were also located across the border in northern Mexico. One Apache band, the Na'ishan or Plains Apache, lived far away from the other Apaches, in what is now Oklahoma.

Distant cousins of the Apache are the Navajo, with which they share the Southern Athabaskan languages.

Measurements: 32” length in total

 

 

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