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Bow Priest's Cap

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Hide, feathers, shells, plant fiber cord, cotton string, sinew
DATES 1880s
DIMENSIONS 5 3/4 x 11 in. (14.6 x 27.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 30.797
CREDIT LINE Estate of Stewart Culin, Museum Purchase
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION She-we-na (Zuni Pueblo) (Native American). Bow Priest's Cap, 1880s. Hide, feathers, shells, plant fiber cord, cotton string, sinew, 5 3/4 x 11 in. (14.6 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Estate of Stewart Culin, Museum Purchase, 30.797. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 30.797.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 30.797.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This cap was part of Brooklyn Museum curator Stewart Culin's personal collection but was originally owned by Frank Hamilton Cushing as part of his own Zuni clothing that he wore. Cushing's acceptance into the Zuni Bow Society was the culmination of his career. Cushing believed the Bow Priesthood to be the most powerful, elaborately organized of all associations. This cap of perforated buckskin is one of the badges of office in the priesthood. It is exceptionally finely crafted.
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She-we-na (Zuni Pueblo) (Native American). <em>Bow Priest's Cap</em>, 1880s. Hide, feathers, shells, plant fiber cord, cotton string, sinew, 5 3/4 x 11 in. (14.6 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Estate of Stewart Culin, Museum Purchase, 30.797. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 30.797.jpg)

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