Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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hairpipe breastplate
  • Oglala peoples
  • hairpipe breastplate, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • bone, leather, buckskin, metal, feathers, quills, shell, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 94 x 31 cm height is loop to end of fringe
    Object Height/Width: 37 x 12 3/16 in height is loop to end of fringe
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2074

The breast plate is made of two rows of bone hairpipe beads. It is separated with leather spacers with rows of round metal, possibly brass, beads. There is buckskin fringe down the sides. There is a loop of metal beads above each row, with a buckskin tie connecting the loops. There is a cluster of leather strips wrapped in quills in bands of red, orange, white, green and purple. There is a metal cone at the end of each fringe/tie with a tuft of red feathers. The entire cluster is tied to a round shell with a strip of buckskin to the center row of leather.