Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Plains peoples
  • necklace, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, obsidian, human hair, dentalium shells, cowrie shells, sinew, beads, metal, horse hair, wool, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length: 51 cm
    Object Length: 20 1/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0521

The twisted buckskin strands were rubbed with a red pigment. The pendant comprises a piece of obsidian, wrapped with buckskin, rubbed with red pigment. Buckskin fringes hang from the bottom, each decorated with a different element. Two are decorated with plastic beads in light blue, white, and black. One has plastic beads and a dentalium shell. One has metal beads and plastic beads. Another has metal beads and a tassel of dark brown human hair. Another has a tassel of dark brown human hair, without beads. One has a metal cone and red horse hair. Another is decorated with seed beads wrapped in stripes of white, dark blue and yellow. Finally a cowrie shell and strip of red wool are stitched directly to the buckskin wrapping on the rock.