Maker unknown, Plains, Sioux

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Description

Shield
20th Century
16 1/2" dia. OVERALL
Though the exact origin of this shield is unknown, the condition and strap located on the reverse side indicates that the object likely functioned as a form of protection during combat. The shield, made from animal hide, has been embellished with a red triangular border that serves to frame the central image of a buffalo rendered in black pigment. Buffalo were essential to the livelihood of Native North American populations who relied on these animals as a food staple as well as a primary resource for creating shelter, clothing, and tools. The reverence for buffalo is especially recognized among various tribes of the Great Plains region where this shield may have been produced.

Date

20th C.

Creator

Maker unknown, Plains, Sioux

Source

Found in the Collection

Identifier

1969.243

Citation

Maker unknown, Plains, Sioux, “Maker unknown, Plains, Sioux,” UCSB ADA Museum Omeka, accessed September 30, 2022, http://art-collections.museum.ucsb.edu/items/show/6398.