Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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part of a woman's breastplate
  • Kiowa peoples
  • part of a woman's breastplate, late 1800s–1940
  • Where object was made: United States
  • dentalium shell, leather, buckskin
  • Object Length/Width: 35 x 6 cm length does not include buckskin strips
    Object Length/Width: 13 3/4 x 2 3/8 in length does not include buckskin strips
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2070

The long rectangular panel of shells consists of white, tube-like shells strung on buckskin, with leather spacers. There are twisted strips of buckskin at either end.