Bow Priest's Cap
Arts of the Americas
Hide, feathers, shells, plant fiber cord, cotton string, sinew
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Estate of Stewart Culin, Museum Purchase
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She-we-na (Zuni Pueblo). Bow Priest's Cap, 1880s. Hide, feathers, shells, plant fiber cord, cotton string, sinew, 5 3/4 x 11 in. (14.6 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Estate of Stewart Culin, Museum Purchase, 30.797. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 30.797.jpg)
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This cap was part of Brooklyn Museum curator Stewart Culin's personal collection but was originally owned by Frank Hamilton Cushing as part of his own Zuni clothing that he wore. Cushing's acceptance into the Zuni Bow Society was the culmination of his career. Cushing believed the Bow Priesthood to be the most powerful, elaborately organized of all associations. This cap of perforated buckskin is one of the badges of office in the priesthood. It is exceptionally finely crafted.
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