Tadpole-shaped umbilical amulet
Description A tanned leather tadpole-shaped umbilical cord case, possibly Plains or Dakota, circa the late 20th century or earlier. The amulet has white beads sewn along the edge; the top is lane-stitched with patterned rows of alternating pink, green and blue beads with black bead eyes and mouth. Pairs of tin tinkle cones containing tufts of dyed orange horsehair are attached to the perimeter seam at the tail and four leg areas. The underside of the amulet has a thong loop tied in a knot.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 4 inches length without tinkle cones
1 1/2 inches width without tinkle cones
1 1/2 inches length each tinkle cone with horsehair (approximate)
Nomenclature Amulet
Creation Made by (possibly) Dakota Indians
Made by (possibly) Plains Indians
Subjects Made by (possibly) Dakota Indians
Made by (possibly) Plains Indians
Indian. Ceremonial Artifacts. Amulets
Dates Creation: Not later than 1996
(Date object was donated to the Minnesota Historical Society.)
Restrictions Through curatorial review and/or additional consultation with American Indian elders, spiritual leaders, tribal officers or lineal descendants, this item has been determined to be culturally sensitive. As advised by the Minnesota Historical Society Indian Advisory Committee on April 20, 2012, the Minnesota Historical Society will not display images of culturally sensitive items on the public database.
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers x.1.619

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