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beaded collar and panel
  • United States
  • beaded collar and panel, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cloth, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 43 x 30.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 16 7/8 x 12 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0526
Description

The loom beaded strip is backed with red cloth and red ties on either end (though one is detached) to tie around the neck. The wide loom beaded panel is attached at the center to hang down the chest. This wide panel is flanked by two long beaded fringes on one side and one on the other. It has looped beaded fringe at bottom.

The neck panel has a white field with a red border. There are three repeats of a light blue diamond with a sawtooth edge outlined in red. There are red and white details inside each diamond. There is a small light blue diamond with a red outline between and right triangles in red, white, and light blue in the negative space.

The chest panel has a white field with a red border. There is one large light blue diamond with a sawtooth border outlined in red. It has four red and white right triangles and four red and white right triangle outlines inside, and a red and white border just inside the sawtooth pattern. The bottom of the panel has the same decoration as a "half-diamond." There are right triangles in red, white, and light blue in the negative space.

The looped fringe at the bottom has a thin band of red, then white, then light blue, then wider bands in the same order. The bottom of the loops are a mix of the three colors.

The long fringes are each two strands, with blocks of solid red, white, or light blue, but the strands are drawn together in a signle strand with regularly spaced blocks of mixed colors. These end in the same looped fringe as on the panel.