A Sioux quilled jacket
Lot 4340
A Sioux quilled jacket
Sold for US$ 22,800 inc. premium
Lot Details
A Sioux quilled jacket
Tailored in a European-American style, fringed about the entire perimeter and decorated with a profusion of quilled designs, including stylized bird forms on the arms, a banded strip down the front, elaborate floriform elements across the back, sun or starburst and cruciform accents, the text "ToKAK(inverted 'U')TE" across the breast.
length 26in


  • Cf: For a similar coat, attributed to the Dakota and in the collection of the National Museum of the American Indian, see Horse Capture, Joseph D. & George P., BEAUTY, HONOR, AND TRADITION: THE LEGACY OF PLAINS INDIAN SHIRTS, University of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis, 2001, pp. 78-81; in considering a "three-finger" design element, variants of which adorn that example and the present lot, the authors suggest, "Another interpretation of this design is that the finger-like motifs represent the spider, a powerful symbol among the Lakota, who are the Dakota's closest relatives. According to traditional Lakota stories, the spider, known as Iktomi, has many powers including the power of protection. The spider is associated with Double Woman, a supernatural being commonly thought to have originated the art of porcupine-quill decoration... The spider design on this garment would also protect its wearer. According to traditional Lakota beliefs, a spider web cannot be destroyed by bullets or arrows (since they pass through it.)" pp. 78 & 80.