Choctaw, Native American

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The flowing spiral and scroll designs on this sash—ancient motifs commonly seen on earlier pottery of the southeast—are undoubtedly symbolic. The white beads may reference white shell, a material with spiritual associations. Sashes of this type served as emblems of Choctaw belief and identity, signifying status and prestige. Made by women, they were worn by men around their waists or over their chests, often paired with a second sash.

Sash, Wool cloth, glass beads, and cordage, Choctaw, Native American

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