Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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hair ornament
  • Potawatomi peoples
  • hair ornament, circa 1935
  • Where object was made: Kansas, United States
  • silk, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 104 x 12.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 40 15/16 x 4 15/16 in
  • Gift of Floyd and Marguerite Schultz in memory of Frederick Schultz
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1786

The hair ornament consists of four long beaded strands which are joined at the top. Each strand divides 3/4 of way down, and the loose ends have silk fabric tassels in red, orange, green, or dark blue.

The beaded strips are beaded on the diagonal. The decoration consists of oblique rectangles and triangles defined by white beads. The four wider strips are green, dark yellow, brown, dark blue, medium blue, and pink. The eight narrow strips have the same shapes, but the colors consist of medium blue, light blue, pink, and yellow.