Lot 89

Plateau Polychrome Bison Parfleche Envelope 1800's

Estimate: $1,500 - $3,000

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This is a fantastic polychrome painted parfleche envelope from the Plateau region Native American Indians of the late-19th Century. This 1800's example is constructed of thick Great American Bison Buffalo parfleche rawhide in the full-size, large envelope pattern, which was hand painted with original mineral pigment polychrome geometric patterns and later touched up with, what appears to be, oil based paints. The piece has a round collection museum tag, which has a number of 4037. The piece is tied together with Indian tanned hide, which is also shown inside the piece. This is truly a wonderful early example with wear indicative of its early age. The colors show a black outline with red and green in geometric rectangular, triangle, and diamond patterns. Provenance: From one of the largest American Indian collections in Montana, where it was found to be an authentic example. Likely from the Umatilla or Shoshone in origin, dating to the 1800's. Measures overall 28.75" by 15.75'W.