Tobacco flask, ca. 1935-1940

From the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture

Tobacco flask, ca. 1935-1940, Gift of Sanford M. Besser

Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, 56765/12

Photography by Addison Doty

Made of spondylus shell and silver, this tobacco flask showcases the artist’s innovation in form and skill in craftsmanship. By fusing two shells together with a scalloped band of stamped silver and twisted wire, the flask breaks stereotypical notions of what Southwestern art is and can be.

Credit: Addison Doty

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