Beading is a meticulous. laborious process, requiring patience and skill. Plains tribes are noted for their beadwork, and this contemporary version is true to tradition.
Completely hand made by a young Northern Cheyenne girl, this impressively sized, beaded lizard can be hung on the wall, or displayed lying flat.
Lizards are common desert and plains creatures. For the Cheyenne, they are symbols of healing, survival and masculinity.
Often, a male baby’s umbilical cord would be sewn into a lizard-shaped bag. It was thought that would keep him protected.
In this contemporary piece, the lizard is beaded on deerskin, with larger trade beads, tin “jingles”, and deerskin tassels at each leg, and the tail.
With a simple, but graphic, earth-toned pattern, this lizard would be a most unusual and dramatic feature for your wall.
Mix it up with masks, paintings, rugs, etc., for a striking display, on wall or tabletop.