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Men's bronze velvet vest with blue binding trimmed with bronze and gold beads on outside and white beads on inside / Unknown

Essay/Description

Green bead fleur-de-lis foliate elements on either side of opening; beaded foliate border from shoulder to point of vest on either side, blue elements on verso with arched element on verso at yoke culminating in hearts with leaf element in center

Curatorial Remarks

This vest was probably worn in straight dance, but later this style would be more likely identified with powwows.

Tags: vest, beaded
People: Kaw
Places: Prairie, Central Plains, Oklahoma, Kansas
Purpose: domestic use, ceremonial events

From interviews with Dr. Garrick Bailey, 2018-2020 University of Tulsa, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology

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Title(s): 
Men's bronze velvet vest with blue binding trimmed with bronze and gold beads on outside and white beads on inside
Creator(s): 
Unknown
Culture: 
Native American; Kaw
Date: 
circa 1890
Materials/Techniques: 
glass beads, velvet, silk, cotton, metal
Object Type: 
Credit Line: 
Gift of Thomas E. and Mariana Wallrabenstein and Hugh C. and Aletha Silcox
Accession No: 
84.3155
Previous Number(s): 
TL2004.59.7
Department: 
Not On View

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