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Beaded Storage Tin

Lakota; Assiniboin

Artwork Details

Beaded Storage Tin
circa 1910
Lakota; Assiniboin
glass beads and thread on metal container
3 7/8 in (9.8 cm)
Gift of the Honorable Jack Faxon

On Display

Not currently on display


Subject Matter:

Beaded objects fell within the domain of Plains women's art forms. A few Plains tribes developed techniques to produce their own glass beads, but by and large beads came through trade with non-Native settlements and posts. Originally a supplement to naturally available materials, trade beads largely replaced quillwork in Plains material culture by the 1850s, due to their ready application and ease of use. By the turn of the twentieth century, Plains material culture items were also specifically made for sale to tourists, and as such took on readily marketable forms that combined Native beading techniques with non-Native forms, such as beaded purses, suitcases, and storage tins.

Physical Description:

Cyllindrical metal container decorated with glass seed beeds: white ground with blue stripes and diamonds, red X's, and concentric circles. 

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