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Shirt; sewn of hide; roughly T-shaped shirt with frint along underside of arms, down sides and across bottom; porcupine quillwork sewn across top of arms and around neck; tassels of leather (with some fur still attached) decorated with feathers and metal bells hanging down from quillwork; image of buffalo and horse painted on lower portion on one side; buffalo and two birds on lower portion on opposite side.
Length: 150 centimetres
Width: 191 centimetres
Depth: 3 centimetres
- Curator's comments
Attached label (printed): "Christy Collection. Received from Jeffs. 1 July 1893." No further information; not noted in Christy "Additions" indices.
Register addition "Plains, Blackfoot". see JCH King `First Peoples, First Contacts' British Museum Press 1999
This costume has been the focus of academic interest and features in several studies of Native American Plains art. Most notably in Colin Taylor 'Catlin's portrait of Iron Horn: an early style of Blackfeet shirt' in Plains Anthropologist 1986, 31(114): 265-80; in Colin Taylor 'Analysis and classification of the Plains Indian ceremonial shirt: John Ewers' influence on a Plains material culture project' in Fifth Annual Plains Indian Seminar in Honor of Dr. John Ewers eds. George H. Horse Capture and Gene Ball 1981: 11-38; in Colin Taylor 'Saam: the symbolic content of early northern plains ceremonial regalia' Verlag fur Amerikanistik, 1999.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1988 15 Jan-1 May, Glenbow Museum, Calgary, The Spirit Sings: Artistic Traditions of Canada's First Peoples
1988 1 Jul-1 Nov, Museum of Civilization, Lorne Building, Ottawa, The Spirit Sings: Artistic Traditions of Canada's First Peoples
1999 25 Jun-2011 2 Mar, BM Room 26; Gallery of North America, Case: "The Canadian Plains"
- Acquisition date
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
- Registration number