Arts of the Americas
Buffalo hide, buckskin, porcupine quills, shell beads
early 19th century
Henry L. Batterman Fund and the 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.
Fringe made from a partially tanned strip of buffalo hide that is wrapped at the top with bird quills. Several lines of this quill wrapped fringe combine to form repeated blocks of color. Usually quillwork comes down longer. The top of the quilled section has a row of white beads that resemble olivella shells. Usually quillwork comes down longer. From left to right the blocks are: blue, black, and brown (perhaps once orange) repeated in sequence. The shell beads are unusual and the porcupine quill and white beads come from over in the Minnesota area. It is too wide for a pipe bag. Possibly Mandan-Hidatsa area or Sioux.
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Sioux. Quilled Fringe, early 19th century. Buffalo hide, buckskin, porcupine quills, shell beads, 16 x 9 in. (40.6 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.34. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.50.67.34_view1.jpg)
. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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