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Plains Indian Museum

Crow 493 Montana 236 Apsáalooke 51 Northern Plains 1866
tanned hide 570 wool cloth 199 iron 419 pigments 40 Horse Hair 108 glass beads 689 Cotton cloth 154 cotton thread 354 parfleche 19 dye 189
bridle 34
ca. 1880
L: 28 in, width: 14.25 in
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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
Three-section repurposed parfleche/rawhide headstall, w/ metal Spanish style bridle and keyhole sallong (headpiece) attached at top; cotton cloth goes over top to attach. The headstall is parfleche on verso, painted ochre on recto with ¼" W beading on the two sides. The two vertical pieces are 1 ¾" W that tapers to 1"W. Glass seed beads on vertical are light blue majority with two striped areas in yellow, with small blocks of translucent red and green with blue box in center. Top piece is medium blue with center small red and yellow boxes followed by dark blue and pink angles stripes. In center of upper piece is beaded block in white and translucent green vertical stripes on either side of translucent red and yellow horizontal box. Keyhole piece is tied through top headstall piece with tanned hide strip. Total 13 ½" L inc. yellow and green dyed horsehair perimeter bunches. Keyhole is majority light blue seed beads with red wool cloth bull's eye outlined in white. Half circles stripes on either side in translucent red, green and yellow, outlined in dark blue. 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock triangles in dark blue outlined in white, leading down to triangular portion. Two horizontal sections in light blue majority, top has small section after the dark blue triangle in yellow, w/ translucent red stripe following. Center is yellow with red, white, green box stripe top and bottom outlined in dark blue. Bottom has two red boxes outlined in dark blue. Top circle and bottom line of keyhole is outlined in horsehair bunches, wrapped in tanned hide and separated by 2 translucent red beads - sewn together with cotton thread. Old style iron Spanish bit with dangling, pieced metal work at bottom.
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