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Iroquois Artist

Saddle Blanket, c. 1910
Beads and ribbon on cloth
34 1/4 in. x 41 3/4 in. (87 cm x 106.05 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Sewing and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2116
Black velvet rectangle on a cloth backing with zigzag green felt edging. Heavy, three-dimensional beadwork floral sprays in each corner, and a strip of floral beadwork on green velvet down one side. Victorian design influence.

velvet, ribbon and glass beads

During the late 19th century, the Iroquois developed a textured, three-dimensional variation of the lazy stitch, using translucent beads for the decoration of objects sold to tourists at the Niagara Falls. The combination of the withe man's materials with native techniques produced unique Victorian curios.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1976

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 26 (illustrated/bw) fig. 35.

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