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Man’s Jacket

Artist Culture
Lakota (Sioux)
Sioux
Date
c.1890
Material
Tanned hide, glass seed beads, and pigment
Made in
United States, North and Central America
Classification
Costume & clothing, textiles
Current Location
Not on view
Dimensions
27 1/2 x 23 x 7 in. (69.9 x 58.4 x 17.8 cm)
Credit Line
The Donald Danforth Jr. Collection, Gift of Mrs. Donald Danforth Jr.
Rights
Public Domain
Object Number
79:2010
NOTES
At first glance, the tailored cut, long fringe, and waving American flags that decorate the front of this jacket may suggest the wearer might be a patriotic frontiersman. As you view the back of the jacket, you encounter depictions of four warriors in full regalia, mounted on their prized horses with tails tied ready for battle. This jacket exemplifies the layers of meaning that embody many of the best Native American art pieces at the turn of the 20th century. It also reflects the richness and complexity of Native American art during a time of rapid change. This example illustrates that native artists remained deeply committed to their love of land and country, and firmly connected to their aesthetic and cultural traditions.
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