Native American, North America, Central United States, Great Plains, Plains Indians, ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A beautiful and colorful belt comprised of hundreds of tiny seed beads in a palette of emerald, sapphire, pink, and fuchsia hues. The tight composition of the beads makes for a dense repeating motif, with each panel alternating between a central concentric diamond or a blank diamond surrounded by four colored triangles. From the terminals extend a strip of umber-hued satin meant to be tightly-knotted to secure the belt to one's waist. A fabulous example! Size (without straps): 31.75" L (80.6 cm); size (with straps): 50" L (127 cm).
Provenance: private Los Angeles County, California, USA collection
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Surface wear commensurate with age, light fraying and tearing to satin straps, with minor fraying to beading threads, one small area of bead loss, and minor fading to some beaded areas.