Man's Shirt, c. 1870-1879
Beads on Hide
37 x 58 1/2 in. (93.98 x 148.59 cm)
native leather, glass beads, human hair, horsehair, ermine skin and paint
See R.Conn report (1978).
Distinctive shirts were worn by established military and civil leaders of native American groups in the central and northern Plains. The blue painting on the body of the shirt symbolizes bullets, indicating that this shirt was probably worn by a Pipe Holder, a leader of a successful war party. It is believed that the locks of human hair used for embellishment were obtained from relatives rather than from slain enemies. Twocomplete skins of large animals were used in the construction of the shirt, with the skin of the hind legs left dangling at the bottom.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 50 (illustrated/bw) fig. 141.
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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
- Overall Dimensions: 37 x 58 1/2 in. (93.98 x 148.59 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
This object has the following bibliographic references:
Native American Art from the Permanent Collection.
Native American Art from the Permanent Collection
Galleries of the Claremont Colleges.
Claremont, CA, 1979
Page Number: 50, Figure Number: 141
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