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Plains Indian Museum

Crow 493
wool 622 Buckskin 430 pigment 539 flicker 6 rawhide 1018 feather 171 glass beads 689 tanned deer hide 58
shield with cover
bear 77
ca. 1860
Diameter: 21.5 in, depth: 2.25 in
Credit Line:
Chandler-Pohrt Collection, Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edson W. Spencer
back of shield,in red: C-1419 [in black] 71737/ [line] 1; [on back of cover, in black:] 71732 [line] 2
Utensils and Implements, Fighting. Heavy concave rawhide shield with red ochre colored front and remnants of red ochre coloring under cover on back. Buckskin cover divided vertically into thirds with dark brown lines - outer two sections have slightly curved horizontal lines in dark brown with red ochre coloring between lines, center section has six bear tracks leading to a round bodied bear in dark brown and alternating dark brown and red ochre zigzag lines at top, attached between bear's ears is a charm of red wool beaded with greasy blue and white seed beads (two sizes) and one flicker feather. Buckskin thong lacing through holes gathers cover onto shield. Buckskin strips through pairs of holes in shield are tied around a wider buckskin strip that forms a handle.
Book: American Art, History, and Cultural Identity Encounters; by Angela L. Miller, Janet C. Berlo, Bryan J. Wolf, Jennifer L. Roberts; Pearson Prentis Hall, Upper Saddle River, 2007, page 213
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As of 06-14-2017 this object is on display in the Plains Indian Museum.
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