DescriptionA CROW WOMAN'S BEADED HIDE PARADE SADDLE
composed of an openwork frame with flaring base and high circular pommels, one pommel flap with beaded geometric design, the other with a floral design, a saddle cinch and a pair of wood stirrups suspended below, the stirrup flaps decorated with applied red trade wool and geometric beadwork in various shades of glass seed beads
Towards the end of the 19th c. Crow women began experimenting with floral designs. This saddle illustrates the changing dynamics of Crow art during this time period. The stirrup flaps are beaded in typical fashion with geometric designs and white outlining. The red wool cloth is used as a design accent and to fill in background.
This lot is accompanied by a book in which Pretty Striped Snake is illustrated: Fred E. Miller: Photographer of the Crows, U. of Montana, Carnan VideFilm, Inc., 1984, plates 16 and 35.
Pretty Striped Snake, wife of Bull Don't Fall Down, Crow Indian Reservation, MT
Custer Battlefield Trading Post, Crow Agency, MT
Length: 22 ½ inches
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