Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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fur turban
  • unknown Ka’igwu (Kiowa) or Numunuu (Comanche) maker
  • fur turban, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: United States
  • otter fur?, velvet, silk ribbon, buckskin, metal, feathers, human hair, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 93 x 32 cm
    Object Length/Width: 36 5/8 x 12 5/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4465
Label Text

The band of brown fur has one long triangular extension. The fur is backed and edged with green velvet. There are light blue beads on the top edge of the turban. There are beaded rosettes on the buckskin with red and green silk ribbon ruffled around the edge. The rosettes are different, but they each have a white field and a metal brad in the center. There are:
1. dark green triangles with red at the wide end
2. light blue triangles with a red line in each and a red and white band at the edge
3. diamonds in red and green
4. light blue diamonds with a red outer tip
5. a small light blue flower with a red and white band, then a light blue and white band
6. green and red diamonds
7. small green diamonds
8. concentric bands of red and light blue
The tip of the trailer has a beaded band with a light blue field and red, white and blue zigzagging lines. There is a band of bright pink feathers at the bottom edge of the beaded band and a tassel of dark brown hair.