Woman's Brush Dance Skirt
Arts of the Americas
Hide, abalone and clam shell, copper, bear grass, maidenhair fern, iris fiber, glass bead
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Museum Expedition 1905 or 1906, Museum Collection Fund
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Wiyot. Woman's Brush Dance Skirt, 19th century. Hide, abalone and clam shell, copper, bear grass, maidenhair fern, iris fiber, glass bead, 49 3/16 x 36 in. (124.9 x 91.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1905 or 1906, Museum Collection Fund, 06.331.7923. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 06.331.7923.jpg)
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This skirt would be worn wrapped from back around the sides. The open front would then be covered by a fringed apron. This skirt shows signs of much wear. Most of the materials it is made from are from local sources with the exception of two copper discs, shaped and cut like the abalone. All the ornaments in addition to being aesthetically pleasing would make a sound as the woman moved in the dance. A small blue bead is fastened in the fringe.
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