Native American seems to use a future invention that everyone uses today in an 80-year-old Italian painting


An Italian painting has recently gone viral when it appears to show a Native American man holding a smartphone. The painting which was called ‘Mr Pynchon and The Settling Springfield’ was painted 80 years ago in 1937 and it became popular on the Internet after Brian Anderson, a magazine editor from VICE realised that one of the characters in the painting seems to use an invention that was first invented in the 21st century while the painting was from 17th century.

Interestingly, the Native American is seen wearing a white cloth around his loin and feathers in his long hair while staring curiously at the ‘smartphone’


He appears in the painting to be attending a meeting between a group of Native Americans and British trader, Mr. William Pynchon, the British man in a magenta-coloured attire. Mr. William Pynchon was born in the 1590 and was a successful fur trader. He was also the founder of Springfield, Massachusetts.

They were meeting for the first time in Massachusetts and the scene was said to be dated back in 1630, an event that occurred 400 years before smartphones were invented


The Italian painter who painted this scene, Umberto Romano, didn’t make any comments about the scene. Unfortunately, he passed away in 1982.

Since it went viral, many theories have been made regarding the mysterious object that the Native American holds. Some academicians suggested that the object might be an iron blade, used widely by many people in the 17th century as a mirror while some experts believed that the object contains religious texts. A lot of religious texts at that time were written on rectangle objects.

There are also some people who said that it could be an evidence of time travel!

What do you think about this baffling object? Does the Native American man really is holding a time-travelling iPhone, scrolling through Instagram or checking his hair and feathers out in a mirror or simply reciting some religious texts? You decide.

If you have a hard time to decide, why not ‘LIKE’ and ‘SHARE’ this story with your friends and family and see whether they can find out what the object really is!



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