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Pair of Parfleche Envelopes

Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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Nontraditional ornamentation embellishes this pair of rawhide parfleche containers. Although the envelopes display motifs found in painting, the artist did not use pigment. Instead, she stitched a layer of native-tanned leather to the face of each flap and beaded the designs. In the process, she transformed a functional artistic form into one intended for display.

Pair of Parfleche Envelopes, Rawhide, native-tanned leather, glass beads, porcupine quills, metal cones, horsehair, Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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