Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Helen W. Roofe
  • scarf, 1920s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cloth
  • Object Length/Width: 89.5 x 45 cm
    Object Length/Width: 35 1/4 x 17 11/16 in
  • Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Roofe
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7135

The triangular scarf is intended to be worn around the neck. There are a variety of images, many of which repeat: a dance staff with a white bird head, a round yellow shelf with white feathers and a fluffy brown animal tail. There is a round white shield with two brown clusters in the center, clubs with stone heads, a lance with bundles and feathers dangling from the shaft and a rectangular parfleche with geometric designs.

The black field has decorations in yellow, white, brown, red, blue, and orange. The two edges are machine stitched.