Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Intersections: Native American Art in a New Light'; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA; 2006 through 2012.
View of the artwork on display in 'Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art from the Peabody Essex Museum'; Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; September 19, 2003 through November 16, 2003.
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Object description

  • Sioux artist
  • Buffalo robe, 1850-1875
  • Buffalo hide, paint
  • Northern Plains, United States
  • L: 94 1/2 in (L: 240.0 cm)
  • Gift of Thomas Barbour, Augustus P. Loring, Jr., Stephen Wheatland and Lawrence W. Jenkins, 1945
  • E24991
  • Served as an important "canvas" for Native artists
  • Revealed painted designs in cold weather, when fur was worn on the inside

Worn to assert status and leadership in the community, this buffalo hide robe documents personal exploits, skirmishes, and horse raids. Vignettes include men shooting from an enclosure, an encounter with a bear, and tethered horses near a tipi frame. Also visible are guns, crooked staffs, a buffalo, and an elk.