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Red Headdress with Blue and White Beads

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Horse hair, pony beads, Stroud cloth, cotton ribbon
DATES early 19th century
DIMENSIONS length of headband: 8 in. (20.3 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 50.67.31
CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund and Frank Sherman Benson Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Sioux (Native American). Red Headdress with Blue and White Beads, early 19th century. Horse hair, pony beads, Stroud cloth, cotton ribbon, length of headband: 8 in. (20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.31. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.50.67.31.jpg)
IMAGE overall, CUR.50.67.31.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This headdress is constructed on a base of red Stroud cloth, formed into a band and decorated with beadwork in a series of "filled triangles." Blue triangular outlines filled with white beads alternate with white outlines filled with blue. A line of white beads is also attached at the lower edge of the red band. Horsehair that has been dyed red is inserted on the top of the band and a ribbon, once green, is tied on at both ends for fastening. An ear lock of horse hair is tied with sinew onto hide thong and a fine crewel yarn cord is hand plaited at the edge where the horsehair is attached.
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Sioux (Native American). <em>Red Headdress with Blue and White Beads</em>, early 19th century. Horse hair, pony beads, Stroud cloth, cotton ribbon, length of headband: 8 in. (20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.31. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.50.67.31.jpg)

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