Arts of the Americas
Hide, beads, wool, cloth
late 19th century
with fringe: 59 1/2 x 20 in. (151.1 x 50.8 cm) (show scale)
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Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund
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Crow. Spear Case, late 19th century. Hide, beads, wool, cloth, with fringe: 59 1/2 x 20 in. (151.1 x 50.8 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Robert B. Woodward Memorial Fund, 26.792. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 26.792_26.802_PS1.jpg)
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Spear case that is among the objects purchased as belonging to Red Cloud. It has a long tubular hide section at the top and an attached triangular-shaped hide pouch at the bottom. The tubular portion contains cut out geometric patterns and is edged with red and blue woolen cloth that is attached with hide binding. It has two loosely attached beaded hide rectangles trimmed with red woolen cloth and fringed at one end. The front of the pouch portion has blue, white, red and yellow beadwork forming vertical triangular designs in different sizes. It is edged with long hide fringe strips. This type of Crow case was often carried across the saddle of women to honor their husbands as seen in historical photographs. They are still made today for the same purpose and are an important part of Crow regalia.
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