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Breastplate

Arts of the Americas

CULTURE Native American
MEDIUM Bone, hide, beads, metal
DATES late 19th century
DIMENSIONS 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)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER X1104.4
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION 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)
IMAGE overall, X1104.4_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2008
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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Native American. <em>Breastplate</em>, 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)