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tie / strap / garter / bag

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  • Description

    Pair of finger woven / plaited strips, possibly garter-drops, that is articles to be hung through the garter, held between the garter and legging. Other possible uses include bag-straps. Each consists of a broad black wool band, enclosed in narrow red panels, with thin black edging. The weaving is decorated with beadwork, the opaque white glass beads being woven in as work proceeded. In the black central panels the design consists of six white lines, broken in four places with blocks of diamonds. From the top [non-fringed ends] the sequence is diamonds; parallel lines; diamonds; parallel lines; diamonds; parallel lines; diamonds; parallel lines. Much of the diamond pattern beading is missing. The red edges are decorated with white zig-zag lines of beads, and separated from the black with straight lines of white beads. The top end of the garter drops finish in what is now greenish silk ribbon, although this may not have been the original colour. This was edged in two rows of white beads, now mostly missing, and possibly quilled wool tassels. The bottom tassles are, in black and red wool, two-ply 'Z' twist cords, with occasion glass beads added in, particularly to the red cords. A slightly different coloured wool, darker brown than the general red wool, is used at the points where beads are added into the plaiting.


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  • Date

    • 1700-1770
  • Findspot

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  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 51 centimetres (without ties)
    • Width: 10 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    From the painter Benjamin West's studio. See King 1991, p.45 for an illustration; (see ref. in notes for no.1 in collection).

  • Bibliography

    • King 1991 p.45 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    Poor. The wool and beads are much damaged.

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  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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