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fringed shirt with quill decoration
  • Lakota peoples
  • 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
  • Object Height/Width: 110 x 165 cm height includes irregular bottom, width to ends of sleeves
    Object Height/Width: 43 5/16 x 64 15/16 in height includes irregular bottom, width to ends of sleeves
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7062
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Description

The men's buckskin shirt is rubbed with vertical streaks of blue pigment. It has a hole for the neck that is edged with red wool. The triangular flap at the front and back of the neck is rubbed with yellow pigment and edged with bands of red and blue quills and short buckskin fringe. There is a panel of quills on top of either arm and on the shoulders extending down the front and back of the shirt. The quill decoration has a white field with red and blue diamonds and rectangles. Short fringe decorates the ends of the sleeves and the bottom of the shirt. There is a square flap from the sleeve to the side seam.