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Quilled Fringe

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Buffalo hide, buckskin, porcupine quills, shell beads
DATES early 19th century
DIMENSIONS 16 x 9 in. (40.6 x 22.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund
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CAPTION Sioux (Native American). Quilled Fringe, early 19th century. Buffalo hide, buckskin, porcupine quills, shell beads, 16 x 9 in. (40.6 x 22.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and the Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.34. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, CUR.50.67.34_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION This fringe is made from a partially tanned strip of buffalo hide that is wrapped at the top with bird quills. Several lines of this quill wrapped fringe combine to form repeated blocks of color. Usually quillwork comes down longer. The top of the quilled section has a row of white beads that resemble olivella shells.Usually quillwork comes down longer.From left to right the blocks are: blue, black, and brown (perhaps once orange) repeated in sequence. .The shell beads are unusual and the porcupine quill and white beads come from over in the Minnesota area. It is too wide for a pipe bag. Possibly Mandan-Hidatsa area or Sioux.
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Quilled Fringe