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Cheyenne Artist

Woman's Leggings, c. 1860
Beads on leather
17 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. (44.45 x 22.23 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2013a,b
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 (fig. 38). Among the Cheyenne, black and dark blue were used interchangeably to symbolize military victory and slain enemies (Powell, 1977, p. 35).

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  • Overall Dimensions: 17 1/2 x 8 3/4 in. (44.45 x 22.23 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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