Object photography

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Object description

  • Apsáalooka (Crow) artist
  • Saddle, 19th century
  • Wood, leather, glass
  • Northern Plains, United States
  • L: 18 1/2 in, W: 10 in, D: 15 3/4 in (L: 47.0 cm, W: 25.4 cm, D: 40.0 cm)
  • Gift of the Denver Art Museum, 1953
  • E30719
  • Reveals importance of horses to Apsaalooka (Crow) culture
  • Shows geometric beadwork designs and colors typical of Apsaalooka art

When horses were introduced to Plains cultures in the 18th century, they made it radically easier to hunt, travel and transport goods. The Apsaalooka (Crow) embraced their new mobile lifestyle. Here, an artist has used beads and other trade goods to make this woman's saddle.