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    Kiowa Painted Hide War Shield
    Circa 1850
    Diameter 18 in.

    This shield is composed of a native tanned hide cover and a buffalo rawhide base with the buffalo hair attached. The soft tanned cover is painted with a central sun symbol in red, green, and blue, an elongated crescent moon above, flanked by six red spheres, and a dragonfly at the bottom, center. A pair of tanned hide "ears" painted red and blue orient the shield. A brass hawk bell is fastened to the outer cover and traces of other attachments remain. The cover is gathered and laced in, on the reverse, in typical Plains fashion.

    Provenance
    Collected by Father William Thomson of the Benedictine Monastery in Canon City, Colorado.



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    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    September, 2006
    29th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 7
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