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Plains Tribe Artist

Parfleche, 1880-1889
Leather and paint
25 1/4 x 15 1/2 x 3 11/16 in. (64.14 x 39.37 x 9.37 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Wyoming
Technique: Leatherworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2257
Rectangular envelope of stiff hide with a thong closings. Painted with a geometric pattern. Pink, yellow, blue and green border.

Leather and paint

Plains containers, especially envelope-like bags called parfleches, were decorated with paint even after glass beads were introduced as ornamentation. The style of painted decoration was predominantly geometric and abstract. The way in which the border was integrated into the design was important. In this style it was usually the women who were the painters. Cheyenne geometric painting is characterized by open forms and translucent color produced from commercial pigment covered with glue sizing.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 47 (illustrated/bw) fig. 131.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 25 1/4 x 15 1/2 x 3 11/16 in. (64.14 x 39.37 x 9.37 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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