A rare, historical, early pastel on heavy paper laid to card drawing of a young Zuni indian girl in Arizona, unsigned, circa late 19th century, including the original gold mat, decorated with images of tipis and spears. The work measures 18" by 12" (entire mat) and 12 3/4" by 6 1/4" inside the mat. Sadly, the old antique work has been damaged. There is a darkened diagonal stain that extends from upper right down across the front of the face and into the hair. There is also a mildewy and mold pattern in the lower portion. Paper restorers can do wonders but I do not know if this could be economically repaired. On the back of the card is written in an old 19th century hand "This sketch of an Indian girl was made in Laguna, Arizona. The daughter of a Zuni chief, and a white mother, she was called "The Princess"---Her name in their language meant "The Royal Flower". An absolutely charming work of historical interest and very collectable despite the condition. There are two "Laguna" place names in Arizona, one near Yuma and the other south of Phoenix. One is tempted to believe that the "Laguna" mentioned is actually the Laguna in western New Mexico about 45 miles west of Albuquerque. There is a modern frame with the work, which interestingly was found on the east coast. The skill present suggests a listed artist---hopefully, someone like Joseph Sharp or Elbridge Ayer Burbank!
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