Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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hairpipe breastplate
  • United States
  • hairpipe breastplate, late 1800s–1950
  • Where object was made: United States
  • bone, leather, buckskin, metal, braiding
  • Object Height/Width: 34 x 36.5 cm height does not include ties or fringe
    Object Height/Width: 13 3/8 x 14 3/8 in height does not include ties or fringe
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2079

The breastplate has four vertical columns of bone hairpipe beads with leather spacers. It is strung on buckskin, and the ends on the sides are braided. It has one metal cone. There are single buckskin fringes at the ends of four spacers. It has a leather neckstrap.