Property of a Nevada Family LLP
A Comanche shield and cover
The thick slightly concave shield of single-ply fire-hardened buffalo hump hide, painted with all native and mineral pigments, depicting a pair of buffalo horns and a semicircular device, possibly the head of the buffalo or perhaps a setting sun on a horizon line, over a series of circular motifs, a feather fan splayed out below, strips of red stroud cloth fastened to a hide band about the upper perimeter and suspended at either side, a row of feather attachments (legal replacements) hang across the top, a hide strap sling tied at the back with both ends pierced and fringed, a short length of braided hair looped about each, the reverse with two sizable semicircular areas on opposing lower edges with the skin's outer layer scraped away to reveal a lighter under-layer; along with its undecorated soft hide cover, a single trapezoidal tab with sawtooth edge suspended at top, a thong at back runs through the slatted perimeter for the purpose of closure.
diameter 23 1/2in and 25 1/2in
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