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Feather drop for decorating the staff / Unknown


Pheasant feathers that have been dyed, 12 are dyed red, and 3 are dyed blue. Two eagle feathers cut in saw tooth design. Top of feather trimmed and downy feathers bound to shaft with strong thread and a metal ring on each feather. One is natural color with red top and dyed blue feather on each side of base, base beaded with zig-zag design of cut and uncut beads. Other feather dyed red with red plume, parrot green feather at base on front side. base beaded with zig-zag design. All feathers have leather shaft, bound at base and beaded to hold all together. Beads are in three shades of blue, red, white, pink, and black. Only eagle feathers have beaded shafts.

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Feather drop for decorating the staff
Native American; Osage
late 19th century - early 20th century
feather (eagle, pheasant), hide, glass
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. John R. Whitesell and Sons
Accession No: 
Previous Number(s): 
TL1997.45.16e; tl1997.45.16e
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