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Saddle Blanket

Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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The embellishment on this saddle blanket shows the transition from using porcupine quills to using beads during this period. Although the artist embraced the rich visual possibilities presented by beads, she relied on a simple quillwork pattern for the bold, contrasting designs. The blanket was made to rest beneath a woman’s saddle. Splendidly adorned blankets, like this one, were used on social occasions, such as a parade or camp movement, and would have conveyed the wealth and prestige of its owner.

Saddle Blanket, Native-tanned leather, glass beads, wool cloth, Lakota (Teton Sioux)

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