Lot 123

Lakota Sioux John Young Buck Feather Headdress

Estimate: $3,000 - $6,000

Bid Increments

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$0 $5
$50 $10
$100 $25
$500 $50
$1,000 $100
$2,000 $250
$5,000 $500
$10,000 $1,000
$25,000 $2,500
$100,000 $5,000
This is an outstanding full feathered large headdress with feather trailer all accented in beadwork and quillwork from master artist John Young Buck of the Lakota Sioux Native American Indians. The piece was handmade by Lakota Sioux full blood Indian John Young Buck (born 1944-) in circa 2002 and displayed in a Red Lodge, Montana Ranch. The headdress is signed inside and dated ’02. The piece features a thick Buffalo Bison leather bonnet cap which is covered on the front with a wide brow band of glass trade seed beadwork in a geometric pattern in colors of medium green, chalk white and semi-transparent red. The brow band is further accented by two large round medallions on either side comprised of thick Buffalo Indian hide with a fantastic four-point morning star beadwork pattern done in glass trade seed bead colors of red, chalk white, medium green, light blue, cobalt, and yellow. At the center of each medallion hangs a single fringe with six wound glass red white heart Hudson Bay beads, sinew like tie with two wound glass padre light blue beads, single badger claw and below white Ermine hides. Framing the entire top and integrally running down the entire outsides as a trailer or trail is a section of red wool stroud clothe with large white and black Turkey feathers with plume feathers attached at each end along with horse tail hair strands. The feather ends are wrapped tightly wrapped with a red quill like strand and are tied onto brown hide. The back side of the headdress is lined with beautiful brown and orange plume striped feathers along with a single large Turkey feather tied with three brass trade beads with a rawhide four part circle wrapped in original porcupine quill quillwork with colors of yellow, black, red and white; the feather is completely painted down the stem in a black, red, and blue pattern with dots of white and red along with being dyed in red and the end wrapped in the red strand. At the back below the plume feather covering the top of the war bonnet is a trailer in brown tanned hide which is covered in Turkey plume feathers with rolled tin jingle cone ends. The piece is overall well preserved with no visible bead loss, well preserved good condition feathers along the trail, nice soft hide leathers. The top of the bonnet on the back where the brown or orange plume feathers are shows some slight sheading and loss. John Young Buck of the Lakota Sioux Tribe from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota is considered to be one of the finest Native American artist of the late 20th to early 21st Century with this being one of if not the finest contemporary headdresses offered for public sale. This and the other lot in this auction are said to be the last two headdresses John Young Buck ever created. The piece is paired with a custom black metal telescoping headdress stand which is included in the lot. The headdress measures approximately 85” long or tall by approximately 44” wide without including the horsehair tail fringe ends. The bonnet fits a large men’s head.