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Plains Indian Museum

Northern Plains 1866 Lakota 107
dyed horse hair 63 shell 87 cotton thread 354 bone beads metal cones 39 brass beads 27 elk teeth 15 cow bone hairpipe dyed porcupine quills 86 rawhide 1018 glass beads 689 heishi beads tanned hide 570 commercial ribbon 5 commercial tanned hide 21
breastplate 36
ca. 1900
width: 11 in, L: 22.5 in
Credit Line:
The Paul Dyck Plains Indian Buffalo Culture Collection, acquired through the generosity of the Dyck family and additional gifts of the Nielson Family and the Estate of Margaret S. Coe
Cow bone hairpipes, two (2) sections with 45 pieces each. Strung vertically through tanned hide strips through dark, heavy tanned hide pieces - two (2) per section for a total of 4. Two sections are separated vertically by 43 rows of brass and heishi beads - on same leather strips. Two (2) cobalt blue glass beads are tied on the perimeter of each side of every leather strip and heavy tanned hide section. Three (3) leather strips around neck are strung with intermixed cobalt blue glass and brass beads. Ornament at top portion/center of: abalone disk strung with 2 elk teeth, 2 quill wrapped leather strips with 4 copper colored metal cones and yellow dyed horsehair, and commercial made red, white and blue vertically striped ribbon. Attached half way down, center is 3" L carved bone or tooth. Added to bottom is hide bound, quillwork strip with base of rawhide in red, cream and light purple in geometric design. Finished on bottom with 21 metal cones with red dyed horse hair - may be later addition.
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