Photographs (left to right): Hamlin State Park, New York; Burgess Falls, Tennessee; Seneca Rocks, West Virginia

The Wampum Belt Archive

Wampum Belts in Paintings and other Art Media


Handsome Lake

Artist-Ernest Smith

(Cat. 36.350.2)

Courtesy Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester, NY


Original Size:

Length: 7.25 inches. Width: 2.75 inches. Rows wide: 10.


Beaded Length: 6.5 inches. Width: 5.0 inches. Length w/fringe: 13.0 inches.


Row 38 by 10 wide: Total Beads: 380.


Warp: Leather. Weave: Artificial Sinew.


The painting above entitled "Handsome Lake Preaching His Code at the Tonawanda Longhouse" shows Handsome Lake offering the Gaiwiyo:h [belt], the 'good word' to the people at Tonawanda.


Rochester Museum and Science Center, Rochester, NY.