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Shirt

Artist Culture
Sioux
Yanktonai Sioux
Lakota (Sioux)
Namakiki (Mandan)
Hidatsa
Sahnish (Arikara)
Date
c.1890
Material
Tanned hide, glass seed beads, and pigment
Made in
United States, North and Central America
Classification
Costume & clothing
Current Location
On View, Gallery 322
Dimensions
27 x 23 in. (68.6 x 58.4 cm)
Credit Line
The Donald Danforth Jr. Collection, Gift of Mrs. Donald Danforth Jr.
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
37:2012
NOTES
Every detail of this honorary warrior’s shirt signifies important artistic and cultural principles in Plains art. Women skillfully decorated the shoulder and sleeve strips and the triangular neck flap with beadwork. The elongated diamonds and four directional designs reflect earlier quillwork patterns, and visually communicate the continuity of design traditions. The shirt’s blue paint and lavish fringe convey power and force, appropriate for the most highly regarded male family and community leaders. These men possessed the most esteemed characteristics in Plains society: compassion, bravery, generosity and wisdom, and earned the privilege to wear this garment.
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