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beaded barrette
  • United States
  • beaded barrette, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • plastic, buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 4.5 x 1.75 x 1.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 1 3/4 x 11/16 x 9/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0511

The rounded plastic barrette has a small tab at either end. The barrette is wrapped with buckskin, and decorated with a short beaded strip. The beaded strip has a small yellow diamond with a yellow triangle above and below. The space beside the yellow is filled with zigzags in orange, red, and white. The ends and edges are black.

There is no fastening mechanism. It was probably intended to be worn with a hair elastic looped between the plastic tabs.