1890s Blackfoot Pictorial Wearing Robe
- This 1890s Blackfoot Pictorial Wearing Robe Is The Art Style Used In Ledger Drawings.
- Very large Hereford bull hide hair-on tanned robe worn over a man’s shoulders or waist.
- During reservation period, the Indians were not allowed to hunt off of the reservations.
- They were issued cattle for food rations; buffalo were not available.
- Authentication of this piece is attributed to Robert Nelson of the Manitou Gallery and Museum, Cheyenne, Wyoming.
- Robe was whole but in fragile condition, particularly the upper right corner, necessitating mounting behind plexiglass.
- 4 warrior figures on top, including 2 wearing the peculiar Blackfoot sty.le of straight upright eagle feather war bonnets..
- This helps to identify this piece’s tribal origins
- Second row shows 3 mounted warriors and 2 running horses with their tails clubbed for war.
- Pigment paint and what appears to be turkey quill ink outlines on the figures.
- Bottom half of robe has continuous lines of a single porcupine quilled stitching.
- This is done with large porcupine quills and 10 German town yarn pompoms.
- Quillwork is natural white and dyed red.
- Robe’s condition was poor but has been stabilized and the entire robe is now visible.
- The piece, in its frame, weighs 75 lbs and special arrangements will have to be made for transport.
- 6 feet long by 6 feet wide
- Native American Quill Work