Western Great Lakes, Native American
Not on view
The image of a single human figure and the asymmetric pattern of repeated geometric motifs on this beaded sash are unique. While likely religious, their exact meaning is unknown. The artist used a hand-weaving tool called a heddle to make the band. The glass beads came from trade and the yarn either from trade or an unraveled blanket. The subtle, underlying color of the red wool yarn warps enhances the wefts of bold beadwork.
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