Red Headdress with Blue and White Beads
Arts of the Americas
Horse hair, pony beads, Stroud cloth, cotton ribbon
early 19th century
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Henry L. Batterman Fund and Frank Sherman Benson Fund
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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)
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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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