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Black and silver Native American Church crucifix with sterling silver chain / Unknown

Essay/Description

Chromium finish cross inlaid with black plastic to which has been affixed a gold tone washed crucifix above which is attached gold toned washed banner with the word "INRI". Bale at top of crucifix has base metal ring for a chain. Silver tone base metal herringbone chain with two spring clasps similar to a watch chain. Chain is divided into four 11 3/4 inch sections joined by rings. Possibly was originally a watch chain.

Curatorial Remarks

Commercial made silver crucifix with sterling silver chain. Used by Harding Big Bow.

Tags: enameled sterling silver, cross, crucifix, sterling silver chain, Christ, Jesus
People: Kiowa, Southern Plains tribes
Places: Oklahoma
Purpose: peyote meeting

From interviews with Dr. Garrick Bailey, 2018-2020 University of Tulsa, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

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Title(s): 
Black and silver Native American Church crucifix with sterling silver chain
Creator(s): 
Unknown
Culture: 
Native American; Osage
Date: 
20th century
Period: 
Historic
Place: 
Mountain View, Oklahoma
Materials/Techniques: 
wood, metal
Classification: 
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Whitesell and Sons
Accession No: 
69.145a-b
Previous Number(s): 
TL1997.45.24a-b; TL1997.45.24.a-b; tl1997.45.24.a-b
Department: 
Not On View

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