Arts of the Americas
Bone, hide, beads, metal
late 19th century
24 1/2 x 10 x 1/8 in. (62.2 x 25.4 x 0.3 cm)
width with fringe: 16 1/2 in. (41.9 cm) (show scale)
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Native American. Breastplate, late 19th century. Bone, hide, beads, metal, 24 1/2 x 10 x 1/8 in. (62.2 x 25.4 x 0.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X1104.4. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, X1104.4_PS2.jpg)
overall, X1104.4_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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The breastplate is rectangular in shape with two fluted bone sections flanking a small center section of beads that continues upward in a circle forming a hole for the neck. Attached to each side of this neckband is a string of beads that connects to the sides of the breastplate. Leather ties, sparse fringe, and metal "hawk" bells dangle from each side of the breastplate. Culture is northern Plains, possibly Dakota, or Lakota Sioux, CONDITION: Surface is without visible damage. Hide fringe is worn, and some beads show wear and scuffing. One of the bells on the fringe is also flattened. Also tagged as X2000.1660
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