Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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women's breastplate
  • unknown Kainai (Blood) maker
  • women's breastplate, late 1800s–1950
  • Where object was made: Alberta, Canada
  • beads, leather, cotton
  • Object Length/Width: 91 x 22 cm
    Object Length/Width: 35 13/16 x 8 5/8 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1787

The ten strand necklace of large round beads was kept flat with strips of leather. There are only five strands of beads and two strips of unbleached cotton with red flowers behind the neck, and a side panel of beads in the front where the ten strand sides come together. The beads are in color blocks of translucent white, light blue, light green and medium blue. The white, light green and yellow blocks have medium blue rectangles inside, with a yellow or pink center. The medium blue block has a translucent brown rectangle with a light blue center. The wide front panel has beaded fringe with horizontal stripes of dark blue, light green, translucent white with a few translucent red and pink beads.