Baby Bonnet, c. 1890
Beads on leather
6 x 4 3/8 x 5 5/8 in. (15.24 x 11.11 x 14.29 cm)
glass beads and leather
In traditional Plains societies, highly decorated children's clothing produced around the turn of the 20th century appealed not only aesthetically but also reinforced generations-old concepts and philosophies. With increasing challenges to traditional lifestyles during this period, reminders of who the Plains Indians were as a people were important elements in sustaining their culture. This bonnet prominently features the eight-point Morning Star, a sacred symbol representing the promise of dawn and the continuous rebirth of life-giving daylight. In a larger context, it conveys the continuance of the tribe, making it fitting imagery for a baby bonnet.
Kathleen Howe, Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice (Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2013), 12 illustrated/color.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
- Ways of Seeing/Exhibiting American Indian Art: The Pomona College Collection Montgomery Gallery , 1/19/1994 - 3/20/1994
- Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice , 1/21/2013 - 4/14/2013
- Overall Dimensions: 6 x 4 3/8 x 5 5/8 in. (152.4 x 111.13 x 142.88 mm)
This object has the following bibliographic references:
Nuance of Sky.
Nuance of Sky
Pomona College Museum of Art.
Page Number: 12
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