Pair of Red and Brown Striped Leggings for Chief's Dress
Arts of the Americas
Buckskin, pigment, sinew
early 19th century
Henry L. Batterman Fund and Frank Sherman Benson Fund
Prior to 1848, provenance not yet documented; by 1848, acquired by Nathan Sturges Jarvis; 1848, gift of Nathan Sturges Jarvis to the New-York Historical Society, New York, NY; 1937, loaned by the New-York Historical Society to the Brooklyn Museum; 1950, purchased from the New-York Historical Society by the Brooklyn Museum.
Pair of buckskin leggings decorated with long fringes and painted horizontal stripes (the proper right with nine stripes and the left with ten). The color varies from orange on the front to brown on the back. These leggings match shirt 50.67.3a. The treatment of the hide of the leggings seems close to that of the shirt in texture and color as well as similar to the leggings of 50.67.9a-b. However, the color of the painting on the shirt and leggings differ with the shirt having red and black pigment and the leggings painted a reddish brown. The leggings show signs of use. The top is stretched and the ties twisted to conform to how they would have been tied. The leggings have tabbed bottoms, cut short across the top of the inset. The internal fringe is quite long, some 10 1/2 inches at the longest.
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Yanktonai, Nakota, Sioux. Pair of Red and Brown Striped Leggings for Chief's Dress, early 19th century. Buckskin, pigment, sinew, Each: 37in. (94cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.3b-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.50.67.3b-c_view1.jpg)
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