Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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one of a set of two hair ornaments
  • unknown Ute maker
  • one of a set of two hair ornaments, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cloth, fur, buckskin, sequins, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 26 x 11 cm
    Object Height/Width: 10 1/4 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0501.02

This beaded medallion is on a cloth backing. It has buckskin ties and a strip of dark brown fur hangs below the medallion.

The medallion has a white iridescent field with a light green iridescent band, then a band of pink, dark pink, and yellow blocks of beads. The central design is a light pink butterfly with black, dark pink, and orange details, and black eyespots. The beaded tassel attaches on the buckskin strip body. The tassel is mostly dark green iridescent tube beads, but with gray tube beads at either end. There are silver-colored sequins at the end of the fringe held on with pink beads.

Both ornaments are the same.