Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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belt ornament
  • unknown Sioux maker
  • belt ornament, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • feathers, wool, cotton, leather, wood, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 103 x 10 cm length does not include leather loop
    Object Length/Width: 40 1/2 x 3 7/8 in length does not include leather loop
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1186

This is a red wool strip with brown and white feathers attached in five rows. Each feather has the base wrapped in cotton and stitched to wool fabric. Either end of the fabric has a small wooden dowel and the top dowel has a leather loop for attachment.