LOT 384

John Falter


Ceremony of the Snake

MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

DIMENSIONS: 28 x 40 inches

Signed and dated 75 lower right


SOLD FOR: $38,025.00

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Additional Information

Husburg Fine Arts Gallery, Sedona, AZ
Private Collection, Texas

In the 1970s, after the death of many of the great illustrated magazines he was employed by, John Falter turned his attention to a personal passion, the American West. Not only did he paint six major works for the commissioned series From Sea to Shining Sea for the American Bicentennial, but he also created works like 1975’s Ceremony of the Snake, showing the sacred Hopi Snake Dance, in which dancers circle a plaza with snakes in their mouths. Much of the ceremony is so sacred that outsiders are not permitted to view it, but in the past the public has been allowed to witness portions of it. Theodore Roosevelt saw it performed in 1913. Today, it is largely forbidden for outsiders to attend.


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