A Cheyenne beaded cradle
Lot 2245
A Cheyenne beaded cradle
Sold for US$ 103,700 inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Property of various owners
A Cheyenne beaded cradle
Beaded on buffalo hide, over a cloth-lined rawhide frame, the fully-beaded exterior showing characteristic designs, hung with silk ribbons, on the original frame with tacked and pointed boards bearing remains of yellow pigment.
length 43 1/2in

Footnotes

  • Cf:
    For a very similar example of this classic Cheyenne type, see Bonhams & Butterfields Native American and Pre-Columbian Art, June 4, 2007, lot 4462, from the Paul Dyck Collection. Both of these cradles share the same aesthetic of refined yet exuberant decorative taste in lavishing attention and artistic beauty to an otherwise functional object. All Native American cultures fashioned special baby carriers as a means to protect and proudly show off their progeny. Cheyenne women, with rigorous standards dictated by their internal beadwork societies, often excelled at these, creating superbly artistic artifacts like the present example.
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