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Cheyenne Artist

Woman's Leggings, c. 1875
Beads on leather
29 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (74.93 x 15.88 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.

Native leather and paint, and glass beads

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

Related Objects
See object P2013.

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.

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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  • Overall Dimensions: 29 1/2 x 6 1/4 in. (74.93 x 15.88 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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