Beads on leather
x 16 1/8 in. ( x 41 cm)
North America, Native American
Leatherworking and beadworking
Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
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.
glass beads and leather
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.
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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