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Plateau or Northern Plains Loop Necklace
Reproduction Plateau or Northern Plains style 10-rows beaded so-called loop necklace / breastplate of the late Indian wars and early reservation period, handcrafted by me in 2018.
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Made of genuine old blue Padre beads, genuine old Venetian white-heart eye beads, round hollow seamed brass beads, all strung on rolled fabric through brass-tacked heavy saddle leather spacers with doubled twisted buckskin fringes. All sewing work is done with real sinew.
The necklace is given an overall aged appearance to look and feel like a real old artefact from the Old days.
Made by: Maza Sapa (4 Colors)
Manufacture year: 2018
Tribal style: Crow, Nez-Perce, Plains Cree, Yakama, Umatilla
Finishing: Natural patina, Artificial patina
Number of rows: n-rows
Size type: Adjustable
Materials: Antique Venetian beads *, Genuine leather *, Metal beads *, Padre beads *, Real sinew *, Trade cloth *
Collection: Northern Plains
Insignia type: Necklace
☩ This is a Crow style loop necklace which began to be worn in the 1860s. Loop necklace is a distinctive ornament, worn by men only, which was in vogue among Blackfeet, as well as with other Northern and Plateau tribes. It hase been worn in lieu of bone hairpipe brreastplate favored by tribes of Central and Southern Plains, although both types were popular among Crow, Blackfeet, Flathead and Plateau tribes including Umatilla, Nez Perce and Spokane. Loop necklaces were also fashionable for a time amongst the Sioux in North Dakota and other Plains groups. It's origin is uncertain, but seems that it's idea might derive from the elaborate braid loops on early military uniforms. In general, there are two main types of loop necklace: (i) with loops of beaded buckskin thong, rolled cloth or cord, like the «Plateau or Northern Plains Loop Necklace SKU 2336.18.01», which was most prevalent among Blackfeet, Stoney, Sarcee, Plains Cree and Plains Ojibwa; and (ii) with loops of polished discoidal shell or bone beads, strung on heavy thread or sinew, popular among the Crow, Flathead, Nez Perce and other Plateau tribes.
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