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Plains leather quillwork ball
Description Spherical leather ball decorated with quillwork from the Plains region, possibly Mandan or Hidatsa in origin, circa the 19th century. Only fragments of the quillwork remains. The ball is constructed of four pieces of leather sewn with sinew and possibly stuffed with grass. The two narrower ends of the ball are decorated with dyed orange, aqua and purple quill wrapped between two parallel lines of sinew stitching. The ball may be part of a women's ceremonial game.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 17.5 centimeters diameter
Nomenclature Ball (object genre)
Creation Made by Plains Indians
Made by (possibly) Mandan Indians
Made by (possibly) Hidatsa Indians
Subjects Made by Plains Indians
Made by (possibly) Mandan Indians
Made by (possibly) Hidatsa Indians
Used in North Dakota, United States
Indian. Recreation. Games. Traditional
Dates Creation: Not earlier than 1800 - Not later than 1899
19th century
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.
Credit Line Minnesota Historical Society Collections
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 7059.13

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