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Plains Indian Museum

painted 276 cloth 876 brass 1442 muslin 89 wool 622
Banner 10
flag 31 Crow 98 circles 32 Diamond 223 Fort Union 2 Indian 729 arrows 22 American 37 feathers 28 pipe 25
ca. 1860
L: 36 in, width: 18.5 in
Credit Line:
Gift of Goelet Gallatin
Painted, top to bottom: [crossed American flags]/WHITE HEAD./[scroll]/[scroll] Crow chief. [scroll]/[diamond-shaped design]/[diamond] FORT UNION. [diamond]/[arrows]/JAN 1 1860./[line of dots]/[pipe with hanging feathers]
Structures and Furnishings, Status Symbols. Twill cloth rectangle, painted brown background with decoration in red, white and yellow paint from top to bottom (see inscription field), probably painted by a sign painter. Rectangle is bound on sides and bottom with red wool. It and a muslin cover printed with brown and red circles and brown wavy lines are nailed at the top to a wood rod with cone shaped ends. Attached to bottom edge of banner are four narrow frayed strips of brown and white gingham. At about 4" intervals along woolbinding are loops of tan thread - three have brass clips that may have once held bells.
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