The lot features a fully beaded belt from the Crow Native American Indians of Montana and dating to the early 20th Century. The circa 1900's piece shows a U.S. Army annuity traded tent canvas fabric construction with Elk Indian tanned hide end and Indian tanned hide fringe. The entire top of the belt shows a period correct glass trade seed beaded design. The design, a pictorial floral pattern, shows a chalk white background with floral patterns in medium green, semi-transparent green, semi-transparent red, cobalt, semi-transparent sky padre blue, and iridescent semi-transparent. At the center of the belt are two pictorial beaded sections showing three bell shaped flowers with five leaves in red, chalk white, iridescent, semi-transparent green, and semi-transparent sky padre blue. The piece is all trade cotton thread sewn, as is typical of early reservation period pieces due to the U.S. Indian Agents not allowing much hunting and therefore harvesting of the parts for sinew. The belt shows some minor bead loss, but overall displays very well. At the end of the belt shows an older green museum collection identification tag that is marked "B847 / 1" and "DJ JJ". Provenance: From a large Native American weapons and beadwork collection in Great Falls, Montana. Measures 27"L x 3 3/8"W.
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