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Upper Missouri style Hairbow Ornament

SKU: 4004.08.01
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Reproduction Upper Missouri or Transmontane (Northern Plains & Plateau) style hairbows handcrafted by a prominent American artist and quillworker John Kursch (Earth Lodge) and further improved by me (I made new feather ornament on the sticks and replaced an original hairpipe drop with a three-rows dentalium one). Not for sale (unless I would be absolutely compelled by your irresistible offer).

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The ornament consists of two main parts: a wooden tapered pin of osage orange and a pendant itself, which in turn is also divided into two portions: a bow-tie and a long drop. Bow-tie portion is made of red dyed buffalo parflesh, to which in several rows smooth dentalia and a copper tube are attached. On the drop portion, dentalia, braintan hide, real sines and ermine tails are used. A little braid is slipped down through the brass tube, and then the tube should be slided all the way up the braid and the pin sticked down in the top.

Made by: John Kursch (EarthLodge)

Manufacture year: 2008

Tribal style: Crow, Hidatsa, Lakota, Mandan

Materilas: Antique Venetian beads *, Dentalium *, Ermine fur *, Feathers *, Genuine eagle feathers *, Natural pigment *, Pound (pony) beads *, Real sinew *

Total lenght: 58 см

Hair Bow Lenght: 50 cm

Pin lenght: 23 cm

Metacollcection: Plains

Collection: Upper Missouri

Insignia type: Necklace

Prior to all other considerations, the «Upper Missouri style Hairbow Ornament SKU 4004.08.01» is a highly valuable item in my personal collection, where I try to pick up the best specimens of Indian Warrior art and do not have much desire to part with them, so if I sell, then at a price that is listed here as the minimum fair for such a splendid piece.

Long dentalia or hairpipe pendants of this sort were used by Crow warriors, Mandans and some other Transmontane tribes for hair decoration. The presence of such an ornament meant that its owner was a valiant warrior who had defeated the enemy by cutting his throat. Such an ornament was worn not as a tribute to fashion, but as a badge of distinction, which had yet to be earned in a deadly battle with a worthy opponent. This particular piece signifies that its owner would killed two enemies.

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