Hair-Pipe Necklace

Hair-Pipe Necklace

early 1900s

Cow bone beads, glass beads, brass beads, silk ribbon, metal coin, native-tanned hide or rawhide stringing, vegetable-tanned hide separators

Overall: 236.2 cm (93 in.)

Educational Purchase Fund 1932.50

Description

White travelers referred to tubular beads like those in this woman’s necklace as “hair pipes.” This may be because Plains people wore similar pipe-shaped beads in their hair. This example was made after 1880, when natives began to use European pipe-shaped beads made by machine from cow bones.

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