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Cheyenne Artist



Leggings, c. 1860
Beads on leather
x 16 1/8 in. ( x 41 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2013a,b
Soft buckskin leggings with a beadwork band along the bottoms and half way up the sides. The band on the bottom starts 2 cm from bottom edge. Vertical red stripes and rows of blue triangles on white. Stripes are warrior honors-- beaded on his wife's leggings.

Materials
glass beads and leather

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 73-74 (illustrated/bw 74) fig. 243.
See R. Conn, "Robes of White Shell and Sunrise," Denver Art Museum, accession #2010- regarding warrior stripes.

Commentary
The horizontal stripes of these leggings relate to an earlier tradition, when women painted their husband's war honor stripes on their clothing. Anong the Cheyenne, black and dark blue were used interchangeably to symbolize military victory and slain enemies.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

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