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child's vest
  • Plains peoples
  • child's vest, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 45 x 41 cm
    Object Height/Width: 17 11/16 x 16 1/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0477

This buckskin vest has a short buckskin fringe around the bottom and a slight "V" neck. Each side of the front opening has four holes that probably once had buckskin ties or laces. The left and right sides are decorated with the same designs. The triangular buckskin flap over the shoulder is edged with dark blue and light blue beads. It has concentric diamonds in yellow, orange, and red with light blue and dark blue "V's" above and below the triangles inside the buckskin triangle. There is a large "M" shape near the bottom of the vest in light blue, dark blue, red, and orange. There is a smaller "M" in the same colors with an inverted "V" in yellow and blue-green that sits between.

The back is undecorated.