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Amulet Form #313 with Audio Esthetics

1993 Nelda Schrupp Born: Arcola, Saskatchewan, Canada 1952 24 gauge sterling silver, horsehair, and deer antler 1/2 x 10 1/2 x 7 1/2 in. (1.3 x 26.7 x 19.1 cm) Smithsonian American Art Museum Gift of the artist 1997.97 Not currently on view


Luce Center Quote

“Rattles have been a part of our culture since time began. Like the sweetgrass, they are used to carry our prayers to the creator.” Artist quoted in “A Touch of the Sacred,” Grand Forks Herald

Luce Center Label

Each shape, color, and material used in Amulet Form holds a significant meaning and bestows power upon the amulet, which may then be used in prayer or ceremony. The circle symbolizes the Circle of Life, the triangle represents the fate of Native Americans “boxed in” on reservations, and the deer antler and horsehair honor the animals “for their special role in helping Native people persevere and survive.”

Keywords

decorative arts - jewelry

Crafts - Metal

About Nelda Schrupp

Born: Arcola, Saskatchewan, Canada 1952