Lot 132

C. 1860-1890's Plains Buffalo Hide Beaded Pipe Bag

Estimate: $2,500 - $3,500

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$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
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$10,000 $1,000
$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
This is an exceptional and scarce Buffalo calf hide beaded pipe bag or arrow quiver dating to circa 1860-1890’s from the Plains Native American Indians. The piece is constructed from Indian tanned Buffalo hide and is a complete Great American Bison Buffalo Calf or Fetus as can be seen by the bag shape with the body section being the bag and the hanging fringes the legs. The bag is mostly sinew sewn and has a border of 19th Century glass trade seed beads in colors of greasy blue, red white heart, and chalk white. The entire surface is covered with a red ocher mineral pigment dye and remnants of being hand scraped and Indian tanned can be seen. The piece has the shape of an arrow quiver or pipe bag with this piece being incredibly rare and uncommon. The front shows Indian tanned hide ties. Provenance: From the ex-collection of Altermann Galleries where it was found to be an authentic example and from the ex-collection of Jeb Taylor and is accompanied with documentation Historic Artifact Information from Jeb Taylor Artifacts Clearmont, Wyoming which confirms the above info as being circa 1860-1900 from the Plains and signed. Measures overall 30”L by 17”W. For other examples of beaded Buffalo Calf pieces see the beaded Buffalo Calf at the Hagener Museum of the Norther Montana Plains Indians and the piece from NMNH Ac collected from Fort Buford 1872 referred to as a Pony beaded Buffalo fetus bag mid 19th Century. The piece also has an original museum collection tag marked J1038R / H.