A NEAR MINT HEAD...This early ‘Skookum' Head is a work of art. It is a profound rendition of a Native American Indian worthy of display as a sculpture. The dimensions of this head are 18” cir., by 11” tall, by 7.5” across the plate. It is in excellent condition and has the original Braided Human Hair Wig. This human hair wig gives him the added realism not present in later made more commercially produced Skookums with the dyed jet black hair.
EARLY PORTRAIT HEAD...This is an Early Portrait of an Indian Brave. It is not the nearly cartoonish, later date, widely produced composition heads with the shifty side glancing eyes. Rather, it is a serious study of a Native American adult male - husband and hunter; tribesman and trader. It is made of a plaster like gypsum material…and not the paper & glue mache. His expression is poetic , not comic; and his eyes look resolutely forward and not to one side like a googly.
ORIGINAL BODY AT NO EXTRA COST…This early 1900 example has the original body from which it is detached . It is included at no cost with the head. The body is complete and firm with arms and legs and stands straight and tall...no breaking. The torso and limbs are stuffed with straw. The clothing on the figure has melted and the leather of the moccasins is gone revealing the wooden feet and some of the straw stuffing. He does come with an authentic Indian blanket with which to dress him…plus the original wooden beads.
EXCEPTIONAL HEIGHT…Skookums come in many heights, mostly smaller ones. If you think you have them all you better make room for one more.! They generally top off at 36” tall, not including the headless, and these are considered the large sizes…so this 40-50” example is exceptionally rare. Once assembled this noble Brave stands 40” tall. This does not include any measurements for a potential feathered headdress which could easily take him to 50” tall or more.! At this deeply discounted price you can afford to enjoy the bust as the early work of art that he is…or remount & dress him once more…at a considerable savings...to stand in all his glory at such a magnificent and rare height.!
CONDITION: Original paint & wig. No rebuilding. The back of plate is incomplete by design. The figure needs to be assembled and redressed.
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Early LARGE ‘SKOOKUM’ HEAD - comes with Original Body - Clothes need TLC - RARE 40” Tall !