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hair ornament
  • United States
  • hair ornament, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, porcupine quills, cord, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length: 32 cm
    Object Length: 12 5/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0517

This is a buckskin strip atop a tassel of twisted cord. The buckskin strip is decorated with a lane of blue-green beads, bordered with red and dark blue quills. The top of the tassel is wrapped with beads. It has a colorless field and two zigzags of light green and translucent green. The buckskin flap has a small hole in the loose end. The three tassel ends have red tufts indicating that an element has been lost.