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Plains Indian Museum

Apsáalooke 51 Crow 493 Montana 236
commercial canvas 7 wool cloth 199 tanned hide 570 brass buttons 12 glass beads 689 cotton thread 354 Cotton cloth 154
martingale 6
ca. 1890
L: 38 in, wide at widest point: 16.5 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
Martingale made in three parts. Commercial canvas between layer of blue cotton cloth on verso, and red wool pieced on recto in several places. All edges are finished in blue wool with cotton thread. Two long outer pieces, 38"L x 3¼" W, bound with five small hides strips to one center piece, 9 ¾" W x 12" L. Side panels each have four (4) beaded sections (3" x 3") - directly on the canvas. Two (2) are: majority pink with geometric diamond pattern inside of dark blue outer, cut by yellow line vertically, and center horizontal line of green majority, red, turquoise blue, repeat - outline in single line of white. Other two (2) are same pattern different colors: majority pink background, medium green diamond, intersected by translucent pink vertical line, and cut horizontally with light green majority, red, turquoise blue, repeat, with single white line outline. Three other beaded panels are red wool background, outlined in white beads, with 5 ½"L, thin narrow triangle, outlined in white, horizontally stripes. Two (top and bottom) are beaded in: dark blue, turquoise blue, red heart, light green, pink, repeat. One (center) is: medium blue, dark blue, red heart, dirty yellow, repeat. Top section is plain red wool. Bottom segment is pieced red wool with top edge in four brass buttons, outlined in white, and cut in a deep "V". Lower two have brass button sewn on upper portion and lower portion. Center panel is edged in red wool, with piece of wool attached to bottom edge - 2"L x 9 ½" W - hand stitched and beaded with translucent clear beads wrapped around the seam and on bottom edge. Main body of panel is white seed bead outline, single line of black beads on vertical sides, then majority pink with geometric, stylized hourglass designs. Majority, center, is light green hourglass with thin vertical line in black with two striped segments of pink (top and bottom) and dark green (center). Either side of center design center triangle with narrow triangle on top and bottom. Majority red heart with horizontal line of medium blue, outlined with dark black and narrow outline of turquoise border.
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