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Plains Beaded, Quilled, and Painted Hide War Shirt

Auction:
2376
Lot:
166
Sold for:
$303,000$270,000

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Auction:
American Indian & Ethnographic Arts - 2376
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
September 23, 2007 10:00AM

Description:

Plains Beaded, Quilled, and Painted Hide War Shirt, c. third quarter 19th century, made from two "big-horn" sheep hides with tail and dew claws left on, decorated with multicolored quilled strips with pony trader blue seed bead frame lines, red trade cloth bibs, red trade cloth wrapped ermine tail drops, quill-wrapped hair drops, and partially painted with blue pigment, (quill loss), lg. 45 in.

Provenance: Collected in the 1870s in Minnesota by Robert C. Towsley while on a railroad survey, then descended in the family.

Literature: For a similar shirt see Quillwork by Native Peoples in Canada, Royal Ontario Museum, 1977, pg. 11.
Estimate $150,000-200,000

Keywords

trader , Minnesota, Robert C. Towsley, Royal Ontario Museum, Bead, Beadwork, Hair drop, Native American art, Quill, Quillwork, Shirt, Stoat

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