From: Northern Plains

Curatorial Section: American

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Object Number 70-9-548
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Blackfeet
Provenience Northern Plains
Culture Area Great Plains Culture Area
Date Made 1875-1899
Section American
Materials Hide | Fiber | Bead | Fur | Pigment

Composed of four pieces of native tanned hide; sides open with laces; red stroud around neck; four bands of beadwork done on canvas backing attached to shirt (diamonds and split diamonds in yellow and green outlined in dark blue and brown against white background using spot stitch)--two long bands over each shoulder, wider bands down each sleeve; 11 ermine skins wrapped in red stroud attached to each sleeve; 4 ermine skins around neck opening; 42 "tadpole" designs (15 each on front and back and 6 on back of each sleeve) painted with mineral paint; commercial cotton thread used for sewing.

Condition: Most ermine fur, some skin, some stroud has been eaten away. Some bead loss on LP strip on front. Sent for freezing and cleaning 6/91. Shirt is probably part of an ensemble consisting of leggings (70-9-547 a and b) and Moccasins (70-9-546ab) all have tag with the same had written "#8".

Length 80.5 cm
Width 155 cm
Credit Line Bequest of Samuel Pennypacker, 1970
Other Number #8 - Field No SF

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