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Northern Plains Ermine Split Horn Bonnet
Premium-quality reproduction of a mid- to late 19th-century Northern Plains Warrior Society ermine split horn bonnet with brass-decorated browband. Made by me in 2019.
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Split, beveled and polished buffalo horns painted red on the reverse, decorated with orange dyed horse hair, ermine fringes and wrapped seed beadwork over buckskin at tips, are attached to the skull cap. Black crow and blue dyed owl feathers (for US buyers they would be replaced by legal turkey feathers) are attached at the base of each horn.
The skull cap, made of braintaned deer hide, is covered with ermine fringes and has 24 ermine tubes hanging from the rear over a short detachable trailer of red wool white selvedge trade cloth, which is backed with antique printed cotton fabric (the ermine was acknowledged as a fierce fighter and source of good war medicine). Also 9 genuine old brass hawk bells are attached at the bottom of the trailer.
The browband is a strip of red trade cloth decorated with 2 rows of old time brass buttons.
All works are done with real sinew.
The bonnet is given an overall «aged» appearance to look and feel like a real old artefact from the Buffalo days.
Made by: Maza Sapa (4 Colors)
Manufacture year: 2019
Tribal style: Crow, Hidatsa, Mandan
Materials: Crow feathers (Corvus) *, Ermine fur *, Hawk bells *, Horse hair *, Metal beads *, Natural silk *, Owl feathers (Bubo Bubo) *, Porqupine quills *, Pound (pony) beads *, Rawhide *, Trade cloth *
Cap circumference: 60 cm (fits head size under 60 cm)
Collection: Northern Plains
Insignia type: Horned war bonnet
Warrior society: Crazy Dogs
☩ «Northern Plains Ermine Split Horn Bonnet SKU 3006.19.01» is an artistic (with my personal touch) recreation in a style of Northern Plains (Crow, Hidatsa, Mandan) horned bonnets worn by leaders of Crasy or Foolish Dogs warrior societies.
☩ Like a number of other items from my Plains Indian collection, where I gather the best specimens of Indian Warrior art and do not have much desire to part with them, «Northern Plains Ermine Split Horn Bonnet SKU 3006.19.01» is not intended for sale and if occasionally someone would be interested to buy it, I will be ready to sell only at a price indicated here as a fair minimum for such a splendid work.
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