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Man's Shirt Cut in European Style

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Buckskin, pigment, fur, colored glass, gilt and silver, cotton cloth, pigment
GEOGRAPHICAL LOCATIONS
DATES early 20th century
DIMENSIONS at shoulders: 35 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (90.2 x 52.1 cm) at hem: 35 1/2 x 53 3/16 in. (90.2 x 135.1 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 41.866
CREDIT LINE By exchange
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Red River Metis (Native American). Man's Shirt Cut in European Style, early 20th century. Buckskin, pigment, fur, colored glass, gilt and silver, cotton cloth, pigment, at shoulders: 35 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (90.2 x 52.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, By exchange, 41.866. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.41.866_view1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.41.866_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Consultants agreed this shirt was probably Metis or Santee (Eastern Sioux) made in the late 1800s. Style derived from Red River Métis sometimes called Eastern Sioux or Crow. Beadwork has long, spidery look i.e. Crow design where the flower sets in. So may be a mix- Métis inspired Eastern Sioux or Crow. Collar was originally navy blue now faded. The shirt might have been made for army personnel, as this was a popular souvenir to acquire.
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Red River Metis (Native American). <em>Man's Shirt Cut in European Style</em>, early 20th century. Buckskin, pigment, fur, colored glass, gilt and silver, cotton cloth, pigment, at shoulders: 35 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (90.2 x 52.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, By exchange, 41.866. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.41.866_view1.jpg)