Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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part of a harness to hold a baby
  • unknown Apsáalooke (Crow) maker
  • part of a harness to hold a baby, late 1800s–1950
  • Where object was made: United States
  • leather, metal, buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 61 x 6 cm length while buckled/folded
    Object Length/Width: 24 x 2 3/8 in length while buckled/ folded
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2067

The leather strap has a metal buckle and beaded decoration and a long tab after the single hole for the buckle. There are bands of pink beads on either side. The design repeats three times: it consists of a red "X" with black and dark green in the space between the arms, flanked by a black and green rectangle, a large translucent yellow rectangle, and a bronze colored rectangle with a yellow triangle. There is a line of metal brads between repeats of the beaded design.

There is a long leather tab through the buckle, decorated with a zigzag of metal brads.