Native American Plains Chief; No Apparent Marks, Resin & Hollow

Discussion in 'Antique Discussion' started by wlwhittier, Jul 10, 2024.

  1. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    He stands ~17" tall an' weighs ~3 lbs; his bonnet feathers are ~4 3/4" wide, ~7" long. I cannot find any maker/artist ID markings, 'tho I've looked carefully. Many details suggest to me that he is tribal-specific, an' perhaps that he is an effigy of a once-living person of high stature. I would surely appreciate knowing who he represents. Your learned observations an' comments are eagerly sought, an' most welcome! More pics in my next post...Thanks for lookin'!

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  2. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    A few more views:

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  3. komokwa

    komokwa The Truth is out there...!

    that could be a certain guy??
    could be a Peace medal..
    could be a Penobscot root club...
    it's a Chiefs headdress......

    that's all I got..;):happy:
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  4. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    That's a lot, Komo...Thanks!
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  5. bosko69

    bosko69 Well-Known Member

    Possible Carny Prize (albeit nice one) or cigar store mini ? Is that plaster Whit (I assume you've scoured it for signatures/marks ?).
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  6. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Google Lens found an identical item, 'tho very poorly painted by comparison, on a French site...marked for 22 Euros.
    I've looked hard for any identifying markings, without a hint of success.
    Not plaster,'s a plastic of some sort, an' the fact that it's hollow leads me to believe it was pressure-formed in a finely detailed mold, then had the bottom added. Probably not much over 50 years old, if that, based on the material an' method of production.
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  7. Marote

    Marote Well-Known Member

  8. wlwhittier

    wlwhittier Well-Known Member

    Thank you, Marote...
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  9. Any Jewelry

    Any Jewelry Well-Known Member

    We used to get hundreds of these overhere, in different sizes, different 'characters', and often a mix of cultures. I believe I first saw them in the 1980s, but they could still be around.
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