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Parfleche Box

Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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Typical Lakota motifs with bold outlined elements are featured on two sides of this parfleche box. The opposite sides display nontraditional checkered designs—perhaps reflecting a pieced quilt or patterned fabric of the period. Rawhide boxes like this one represent the final evolution of parfleche painting. Produced almost exclusively by Lakota women, the boxes became a functional form at the end of the nineteenth century, in the early reservation period, and were useful in horse-drawn wagons. They likely imitated commercial Euro-American containers.

Parfleche Box, Rawhide, pigment, cotton cloth, Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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