Object photography

View of the artwork on display in 'Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists'; Peabody Essex Museum; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997.
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Object description

  • Probably Apsáalooka (Crow) artist
  • Quiver, mid-19th century
  • Wool, glass, skin, fur
  • Northern Great Plains, United States
  • L: 55 1/4 in, W: 25 in, D: 5 in (L: 140.3 cm, W: 63.5 cm, D: 12.7 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 1887
  • E1918

DESCRIPTION

This heavily decorated quiver and bow case, probably produced by a Crow artist, is made with otter skin, fur, wool cloth and glass beads. The quiver is made of otter skin and decorated with bold beaded embroidery and wool applique. The geometric beadwork patterns, some outlined in white, and the preponderance of triangular forms reflect an aesthetic characteristic of Crow artistry, probably rooted in earlier traditions of geometric painting on hide containers. The object is worn over both shoulders, with the quiver in the back. Separate compartments held the bow and the arrows. Long strips of otter skin form a fringe along the bottom. NOTE as per Mimi Leveque 10/23/13, "Quiver and Bowcase: The strap supporting the quiver and bowcase is made of fabrics ornamented with river otter fur and glass beads. The quiver and bowcase are on deerskin supports ornamented with glass beads and river otter fur."

Exhibition History

  • Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art from the Peabody Essex Museum, Washington State Historical Society; October 11, 2005 through February 09, 2006
  • Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997