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portrait of a woman and young girl
  • Fred R. Shiffert
    born: Pennsylvania, United States ; died: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States ; active: United States
  • portrait of a woman and young girl, 1910–1925
  • Where object was made: El Reno, Oklahoma, United States
  • gelatin silver print
  • Object Height/Width: 18 x 13 cm
    Object Height/Width: 7 1/16 x 5 1/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7516

Photograph of a woman and young girl standing in front of a painted backdrop of a staircase and columns. The woman is on the facing left side and the girl stands on the facing right side holding the woman's hand. The woman wears a dark wool dress decorated with rows of dentalium shells extending down from the collar and almost to her waist. Around her waist is a fringed blanket decorated with bands of geometric designs. Around her neck is a wide necklace with a panel at the bottom, made from long thin bone beads. In her proper right hand she holds a beaded bag with a row of quillwork and long fringes at the bottom. The girl is wearing a light colored cotton dress with a ruffle at the bottom, dark stockings, and dark leather shoes. Around her neck is a wide beaded necklace with a beadwork panel at the bottom.