Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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hairpipe breastplate
  • United States
  • hairpipe breastplate, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: United States
  • bone, leather, buckskin, cloth, string, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 24 x 27 cm
    Object Height/Width: 9 7/16 x 10 5/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2073

The breast plate is made of four vertical rows of bone hairpipe beads separated by leather spacers. The beads are strung on buckskin and it has buckskin ties. Two colors of pink and dark yellow cloth is tied in a bunch, and dangles from one side. The opposite side has a small bit of purple cloth tied on the leather spacer.