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    Silver Spoon: A Talisman of Domesticity, or of War? Found at the site of Sitting Bull's camp in the Hunkpapa Village. The spoon bears a "signature," a name glyph scribed in the back of the handle in the shape of a Thunderbird. The tip of the handle has been punched to allow it to be strung as a necklace or other adornment. There are three warrior artists who used the Thunderbird as a name glyph known to have been with Sitting Bull at Little Bighorn: No Two Horns, Swift Dog, and Red Horse. If the inscribed battle scene on brass, also in this auction, can with some assurance be ascribed to Red Horse, this spoon probably belonged to one of the other two. Further research in Lakota art may one day yield certain identification. In any case, this is one of the most significant Sioux artifacts associated with the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

    It may be seen in conjunction with the inscribed battle scene in Swanson, G. A. Custer: His Life and Times, p. 213.
    From the Glenwood Swanson Collection.


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    June, 2018
    9th Saturday
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