Necklace with Antler Tips

  • Weldon Merchant, Necklace with Antler Tips, ca. 1975, leather, silver, horn, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum purchase, 1975.157

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The materials in Necklace with Antler Tips refer to Weldon Merchant’s experiences growing up in rural Mississippi and his interest in Native American history and artifacts. Merchant constructed this piece from ten antler tips of various sizes and separated them with carved silver beads. The clasp is made of two more antler tips capped with a hook-and-eye fastener. The silver shows Merchant’s familiarity with the blacksmithing traditions of settlers, while the antler tips may allude to hunting as a means of survival among Native Americans.

Title
Necklace with Antler Tips
Artists
Date
ca. 1975
On View
Not on view.
Dimensions
height x length: 2 1/2 x 25 3/8 in. (6.5 x 64.5 cm)
Credit Line

Smithsonian American Art Museum

Museum purchase

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Classifications
Object Number
1975.157
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