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Assiniboine Loop Necklace
Reproduction Northern Plains (Assiniboine, Plains Cree, Sarcee etc) style 10-rows beaded loop necklace / breastplate with bronze medallion and braided human hair pendant. For sale or trade. Handcrafted by me in 2018.
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Made of select bone hairpipes, hollow brass beads, all strung on braintan hide thongs through brass-tacked spacers made from old leather. The bronze medallion with human hair pendant is attached at the top (the first row) of the breastplate.
The breastplate 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: Assiniboine, Blackfeet, Plains Cree
Finishing: Artificial patina
Metal: Brass, Iron
Number of rows: 10-rows
Size type: Adjustable
Materilas: Bone hairpipe *, Genuine leather *, Human hair *, Metal beads *, Real sinew *
Collection: Northern Plains
Insignia type: Necklace
☩ 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 «Assiniboine Loop Necklace SKU 2344.18.01», 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.