Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Lakota maker
  • breastplate, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, quills, feathers, horse hair, metal, beads, pigment, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 48 x 24 cm
    Object Height/Width: 18 7/8 x 9 7/16 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2031
Label Text

The rectangular buckskin panel has bands of red horizontal quillwork, spaced to form a thick band followed by three thin bands. The pattern repeats. There are three vertical columns of green feathers. There is a red quill wrapped buckskin strip at the top right corner and a short buckskin tie at the top left corner. There is a panel of quill wrapped rawhide strips. The red field has a yellow triangle in the center and an undyed quill colored outline around the triangle. There is fringe of metal cones with tufts of red horse hair at the bottom of the quill panel.