Object photography

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Object description

  • Sioux artist
  • Quirt, Before 1826
  • Wood, leather, quill
  • Great Plains, North America
  • L: 39 3/8 in, W: 1 in, D: 1 in (L: 100.0 cm, W: 2.5 cm, D: 2.5 cm)
  • Gift of John Marsh, 1826, 1826
  • E3673


This is a quirt, a short-handled riding whip, made with a round wooden handle with a hole, a button butt and a metal band at the top. A braided lash has a fringe of leather at the base. The bottom is bound with colored quills. This may have been used either for hunting buffalo, or counting coup in war, or both. Further Remarks: The collector and donor acquired this at Prarie du Chien, Wisconsin, an active fur-trading center in the 1820s, and may have originated with any of several groups including the Dakota (Eastern Sioux), Chippewa, or Potawatomi.

Exhibition History

  • Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art from the Peabody Essex Museum, Washington State Historical Society; October 11, 2005 through February 09, 2006