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    A PUEBLO PAINTED BUFFALO HIDE SHIELD

    c. 1800

    consisting of two layers of rawhide stitched together, painted on the front with two warriors, each wearing a feather headdress and holding a bow, painted in black, white, red, green and yellow pigments, hide straps attached

    The visionary and/or protective designs could be renewed from time to time with fresh paint. This appears to be one such example, an ancient buffalo hide shield likely repainted sometime in the 19th century.

    This lot is accompanied by a copy of a letter stating provenance from Charles E. Minton, Commissioner on Southwest Indian Affairs in the early 1960s, who gifted it to Dr. Alfonso Ortiz upon completion of his doctoral dissertation, published as The Tewa World: Space, Time, Being, and Becoming in a Pueblo Society. Minton acquired this lot at the Zuni Pueblo in the late 1890s from a man whose family name is recorded as Kyaawana. Through the Ortiz family by descent.

    Diameter: 22 inches




    Condition Report*: Overall very good condition. Hide with usual wear and soiling. Some loss of pigment. Approx. 6 old attachemt holes. Stitching on edges with some loss. No apparent restoration.
    *Heritage Auctions strives to provide as much information as possible but encourages in-person inspection by bidders. Statements regarding the condition of objects are only for general guidance and should not be relied upon as complete statements of fact, and do not constitute a representation, warranty or assumption of liability by Heritage. Some condition issues may not be noted in the condition report but are apparent in the provided photos which are considered part of the condition report. Please note that we do not de-frame lots estimated at $1,000 or less and may not be able to provide additional details for lots valued under $500. All lots are sold "AS IS" under the Terms & Conditions of Auction.

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2007
    10th Saturday
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