Kissing Bench
Iroquois Floral Pattern


This sculpture is 45"L x 45"W x 30"H
patinated copper, Marble Seats 22" X 22"

The pattern incorporated into this sculpture is one of the many beautiful Iroquois floral beaded designs. The Oneidas and other Iroquois created this new style, which featured floral designs composed of glass beads in every color, during the years following European trading of glass beads. Beads replaced both the porcupine quills and small shell disks that had been previously used for ornamental purposes. Bead embroidery decorated both hide and cloth articles of the Iroquois.

Oneidas regard beadworking as a gift from the Creator to teach patience and humility and to be shared.