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pair of beaded arm bands
  • Plains peoples
  • pair of beaded arm bands, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • buckskin, beading, ermine fur
  • Object Length/Width: a) 37 x 19 cm
    Object Length/Width: a) 14 9/16 x 7 1/2 in
    Object Length/Width: b) 39 x 19 cm
    Object Length/Width: b) 14 15/16 x 7 1/2 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0498.a,b

This is a pair of light tan buckskin armbands, each with two buckskin ties at both ends. Each are decorated with a loom beaded strip of beadwork, a centrally placed medallion, and a tassel of ermine tail.

The beaded strip has a white field with an arrow-like design on either side of the medallion. The "arrowhead" is brown, light blue, yellow, dark blue, and orange, the "shaft" is dark blue, and the "fletching" is orange outlined with dark blue.

The beaded medallion has a centrally placed starburst in light blue and white that continues into a band of black triangles over the top of yellow, light orange, and red. A band of dark red separates this from the next band of light blue triangles, over the top of the same colors. It is edged with dark blue.

2007.0498.a may have had four ermine tails. 2007.0498.b has three ermine tails.