Destiny, 36 x 30, oil on linen
This Plains Indian is wearing a scarf slide made of German Silver. When fur traders first made contact with American Indians they traded small items in exchange for furs. Silver objects were one of the items that were popular
Eventually, items were made expressly for the purpose of trading. Around the mid 19th century these items were made from "German Silver", an inexpensive silver-white alloy containing copper and zinc and nickel.