Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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fur turban
  • unknown Wazhazhe (Osage) maker
  • fur turban, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • synthetic fur, cloth, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 41 x 28 cm
    Object Height/Width: 16 1/8 x 11 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0468
Label Text

This is a headband and trailer of black synthetic fur with beaded medallion decorations. The inside of the headband and trailer are lined with red brocade fabric with a leaf pattern. The top edge of the headband is decorated with white beading, as are the edges of the triangular trailer. The headband is decorated with two small medallions, both have a white field with red and orange border and white picot edge. The center design is a starburst-like pattern of light blue. The trailer is decorated with four beaded medallions. The top medallion has a white field, red border, and white picot edge. The center design is a red cross, with yellow, dark blue, and light blue at the ends of each arm and a small dark blue triangle between each arm. The middle two medallions are each similar to the medallions decorating the headband, except that the starburst is dark blue rather than light blue. The bottom medallion is all white with a white picot edge and a dark blue starburst-like pattern. There is a beaded tassel at the bottom of the trailer. It is mostly white with a sawtooth pattern in red, orange, yellow, and light blue.