- Museum number
Breastplate (with thong) made of beads (bone), leather, beads (brass), brass ring, mirror glass.
- Production date
- 1870s (?)
Height: 91 centimetres (breastplate and straps for tying on)
Height: 45 centimetres (breastplate only)
Width: 74 centimetres (breastplate and side tassels)
Width: 24.50 centimetres (breastplate only)
Depth: 1.50 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- During conservation work in March 2011, Vanessa Saiz Gomez reported that she had "identified the badge on the breastplate Am 1938,0311.1 as a celluloid pocket mirror. The writing says: 'Beckwith. Round. Oak. Dowagiac.' It is from a stove company founded in 1871 by P.D. Beckwith in Michigan. Apparently, a fictional Native American Indian chief 'Doe- Wah-Jack' (as Dowagiac is pronounced) served to advertise the company."
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1976-1977 7 Oct-16 Jan, London, The Hayward Gallery, Sacred Circles: 2,000 Years of North American Indian Art
1977 16 Apr-19 Jun, Kansas City, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Sacred Circles: 2,000 Years of North American Indian Art
1999 25 Jun-2009 Dec, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The American West"
2010 6 Jan-5 Apr, British Museum, Room 91, Warriors of the Plains: 200 years of Native North American honour and ritual
2011 17 Jun-25 Sep, Lotherton Hall, Leeds, Warriors of the Plains
2011 12 Oct-2012 19 Feb, Ulster American Folk Park, Omagh, Warriors of the Plains
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number