This is a pair of bookends that are covered in beaded doeskin. Each features a couple of cabins on hills with smoke emitted from the chimney. These are most likely made by First Nation Indians from Canada, perhaps Mohawk, but I'm really not sure of the tribe. The beading on skin reminds me of work that I've seen on moccasins. Each measures 6" in width, 7" in height and 3" in depth. The pair weighs 1 lb. They are in very good condition with the exception of some wear to the skin, normal for old skin like this, and beading missing around the edge and a bit on one of the tree motifs on one of the bookends.
It's difficult to ascertain age on these, but I would think 1920s to early 1930s. Note the very pretty iridescence on the purple beads.
Very nice old examples of Indian beadwork - rare to see book ends like this.
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