Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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dance shield
  • unknown Cheyenne maker
  • dance shield, late 1800s–1915
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton, wool, rawhide, leather, pigment, feathers
  • Object Height/Width: 64 x 52 cm
    Object Height/Width: 25 3/16 x 20 1/2 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1285

The round rawhide shield has cotton stretched over it, and a strip of red wool draped over the top edge of the circle. The cotton is colored yellow, with a blue rooster in the center with a red comb, waddle, and feet. He is facing a much smaller elk or deer, which is mostly just an outline. There are open green circles and "xs" below the figures and two green human-like figures above the animals. The whole image is outlined with a green box. Remnants of two feathers hang from the red wool at the top.