Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of arm bands for straight dance
  • unknown Ka’igwu (Kiowa) maker
  • pair of arm bands for straight dance, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Kansas, United States
  • nickel silver, ribbon, incising, stamping
  • Object Length/Diameter: each 39 x 9.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: each 15 3/8 x 3 3/4 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0537.a,b

The nickle silver armbands have a long, skinny diamond incised with a smaller diamond incised within. The space between the incised lines is filled with small, irregular divots. A band of pointed ovals are incised near each edge. A set of red, blue, and white satin ribbons are doubled over the band and hang loosely from each.

Men wear these above the elbow.