NORTHERN PLAINS HAIR ORNAMENT – TRIMMED WITH A
BUFFALO TAIL: A very nice example of the
classic hair ornament worn by the warriors of the
Northern Plains tribes, this beaded panel is decorated
with the classic buffalo tail pendant.
Measuring 33” in overall length, this hair ornament
features a lane-beaded panel 12” long and 1 ¼” wide.
The bead work is executed on thread. The panel is
decorated at the top with one of the old metal backed
trade mirrors and at the bottom with old tin cones. The
sides of the beadwork are further trimmed with strings
of the same seed beads which cover the panel, and each
string terminates in a tin cone holding a light pink
feather fluff. Attached to the base of the beaded panel
is buffalo tail with rich dark brown to black hair. The
hair is still supple and is not brittle. The beaded
panel is stiffened on the back with a layer of rawhide
stitched with sinew.
Based on the color of the beads and the manner in which
this piece was constructed, I believe it is from the
early 20TH Century, but in spite of this
later date, it is still fashioned in the classic form
and it is a very good representative example. (0463)