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fringed shirt with quill decoration
  • unknown Apsáalooke (Crow) or Sioux maker
  • fringed shirt with quill decoration, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • buckskin, porcupine quills, pigment, wool, dyeing, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 127 x 168 cm height includes irregular bottom piece, with to ends of sleeves
    Object Height/Width: 50 x 66 1/8 in height includes irregular bottom piece, with to ends of sleeves
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7061

The men's buckskin shirt is rubbed with yellow pigment. The small trapezoidal flap at the front and back is red wool with stripes and an outline in pink beads with blocks of medium blue. There is short buckskin fringe around the edge of each flap and a strip of quillwork down the top of each arm, over each shoulder and down the front and back. Each panel has blocks of yellow, blue, and red, and is edged with medium blue beading. There is long buckskin fringe on the outer side of the vertical panel and on the front edge of the panel on the sleeves. There is a band of medium blue beading at end of the sleeve and short bucksin fringe. The bottom edge and the side edge of the shirt are left irregular.