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Beaded Vest, c. 1880-1890
Leather and beads
x 14 3/8 in. ( x 36.5 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Abernethy
Accession Number: P1517
Small buckskin vest covered with solid beadwork. Blue and white striped beadwork edging: blue, red, and green triangular designs on white. Reservation era complexity.

Materials
glass beads and leather

Commentary
The vest was an article of European clothing widely adopted by native Americans. Opening in the front, it differed from the pull-over construction of traditional native American ggarments. Many vests, however, were adapted to the traditional format and were cut in the order, two-piece method.
-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), 72, fig. 234.

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