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Cheyenne Artist



Leggings, 1875
Beads on leather
11 in. x 21 1/16 in. (27.94 cm x 53.5 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2010a,b
Soft buckskin leggings with a wide beaded panel around the ankle made up of four segments. The Smaller panels start at the ankle and run up each of the larger segments. Older pattern of stripes is replaced by a complex design problem-- how to balance the horizontal with the vertical. See object P2013.

Materials
glass beads and leather

Attribution
See R. Conn Report (1978).
See Art Institute of Chicago (1977).

Related Objects
See object P2013.

Commentary
Although the beadwork of these leggings is executed in the traditional horizontal patterns, the design field has become more complex and colorful. The difference in the layout of the vertical and horizontal segments reflects a concern for balanced design. The use of horizontal stripes, arranged in four groups, symbolizing the sacred number four; reveals the continued importance of traditional form.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

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. 244.

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