New Mexican wood bulto
Height – 21″
Carved by Jose Mondragon of Chimayo, New Mexico (1931-1989)
Nez Perce Cornhusk Bag (pouch)
Height – 3 1/4 Width – 1 3/4″
Unusual Nez Perce Cornhusk Bag with leather upper and draw string
Rare Pair of Large Seri Indian Dolls
Height – Male – 26″ Female – 15″
Collected in the late 40’s by William Neil “Seri Bill” Smith. One of the most famous early adventurers in to Seri Land which is north Bahia Kino in Sonora, Mexico. These coastal people lived in a very hostile desert area on the Sea of Cortez and on Isla Tiburon (Shark Island). These dolls were made by the women for their children. Supposedly the 2nd largest collection that exists. Over the years, I have had to break up the collection. These two dolls (on custom mounts) are the best of the collection. They are wearing early cotton clothing and have shell necklaces.
From the collection of Anthropologist William Neil “Seri Bill” Smith, Jr. who was born in 1920 in New York City and moved to Tucson, Arizona at age fourteen. He attended the University of Arizona from 1939-42 and 1946-48, studying under Byron Cummings and Edward Spicer. From 1945-1967, Smith made many extended ethnographical field trips to Sonora, Mexico, to study the Seri Indians at Desemboque and Tiburon Island. His research included lifestyle, customs, language, genealogy, kinship, and cultural changes due to the influence of outsiders. Smith’s personal Seri Indian collection was assembled while doing his fieldwork. The collection consists of over 700 objects covering all aspects of Seri life. Most of the objects were collected from 1947-1951. University of Arizona Special collections holds 24 linear feet on Smith’s archives and photography. I bought the entire collection nearly 15 years ago and am now selling off some of items that I kept from the collection
Apache Fiddle By Amos Gustina (1858 – 1945)
Western Apache- San Carlos
1st Qtr of 20th Cent.
Length – 21 1/2 Diameter – 5 3/4″ bottom , Diameter – 3 1/2″ top
Made from the dried stalk of an agave. The Apache name for this fiddle is “tsii’ edo’a’tl” – wood that sings.
Comes with a custom mount
Early Yurok Stone Pestle
Height – 6 1/2″ Width at base- 3 1/2″
From collection of John Dewar
He was the Curator of the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History and the Southwest Museum. He was born in Pasadena, CA and graduated from the College of Mexico City in the early 30’s and then moved back to the Los Angeles area to begin his job as curator. He also traveled to the Hopi Pueblos and over to the Santa Fe area in 1934 and then up the coast of N. California around 1935. Most of the items he collected there were Yurok, although most of his ethnographic collection was given to the Southwest Museum in 1941. After he retired he moved to Patagonia, Arizona until he passed away in 2004. I bought his estate just this past year.
Early Mohave Cradleboard and Doll
Length – 14″ Width of cradle hood – 7″
Large pottery doll with painted face and beaded earring rings/necklace
Cradle is bend wood, plaited basketry, raffia with red trade cloth hood (sun shade) –
Cloth covering doll and black/white yarn binding – missing part of left arm and right is broken and reglued
Western Apache Painted Violin
Length – 14″
Apache painted violin.
Length – 10 1/4″
Early New Mexican Bulto Attr. School of Laguna Santero
New Mexican Bulto
Height – 15 1/2″ without original base Width – 4 5/8″
Attributed to Jose Benito Ortega (1858-1941)
From collection of John Dewar
He was the Curator of the Los Angeles Museum of Natural History and the Southwest Museum. He was born in Pasadena, CA and graduated from the College of Mexico City in the early 30’s and then moved back to the Los Angeles area to begin his job as curator. He also traveled to the Hopi Pueblos and over to the Santa Fe area in 1934 and then up the coast of N. California around 1935. Most of the items he collected there were Yurok, although most of his ethnographic collection was given to the Southwest Museum in 1941. After he retired, he moved to Patagonia, Arizona until he passed away in 2004. Fifteen years after I bought my first item from his collection (a classic late 18th Cent. Saltillo Serape), I bought the remainder of his collection, which included this New Mexican bulto.
This bulto was originally collected by Mary Hunter Austin – an early writer of nature in the American Southwest. She helped establish the Spanish Colonial Art Society in 1925 with artist Frank Applegate.
It has condition issues – missing one arm and part of another. This bulto is mentioned in her book “The Land of Journey’s Ending” written in 1924. She originally bought it for $50.00 in the early 1930’s and said she must have been pretty destitute to spend that much money.
Wonderful item with impeccable provenance.