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arm band
  • Venezuela
  • arm band, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: Venezuela
  • armadillo skin, seeds, paint, feathers, string, paint, beads, quills
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 13 x 15 x 15.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 5 1/8 x 5 7/8 x 6 1/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4885

The wide arm band is made from black armadillo hide. It is edged with white beads and red seeds on one edge that curves down to meet the other edge. The other side is edged with quills and red seeds. Small yellow or red feathers are placed sporadically among the beads. There is a white cross-like design with a circle at the center and two triangles on each arm with another line from each. The design below has three lobes, each with a wide vertical element with a diamond at the end and a cluster of three teardrops in the center of the design. There is a white oval outline on either side with a dotted chevron below and a dotted circle beside with a dotted line. There are red and white bead strings with red seeds where the edges come together.