Description

    A SIOUX PAINTED HIDE ROBE

    c. 1870

    with a feathered circle design, painted in red, blue and yellow pigments, with incised outlining

    Occasionally described as a "sunburst pattern" this design was popular with the tribes of the Upper Missouri River. "The characteristic feature of this pattern is the presence of concentric circles of feather elements radiating from the center of the hide. These feather elements are made up of two isosceles triangles with narrow bases and elongated sides, placed with their bases parallel. Usually the bases are separated by a small rectangle. The two triangles are invariably of different colors, and the rectangle, when it is used, is of still a third color," Ewers, John, Plains Indian Painting, Stanford U. Press, Stanford, 1939, p. 11. For a similar example, see: Horse Capture, George P., Robes of Splendor, The New Press, NY, 1993, pp. 94 - 97.

    Provenance:
    Collected by Private M. Feaster, Company E, 7th U. S. Cavalry at the Battle of Wounded Knee on December 29, 1890. The Feaster family donated the robe to the Pennsylvania Vencibles Museum in Philadelphia around the turn of the 20th century. This robe was later deaccessioned from their collections.

    Dimensions: 91 x 87 inches



    Condition Report*:

    Overall fair condition with heavy wear and soiling. Multiple holes and tears in hide. Pigment faded. Native repairs to hide but no apparent restoration.

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    November, 2007
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