Collection: Warnock

Item Number: WC8308024

Category: Shield - Shield with two covers

Region: Plains

Tribe: Blackfoot

Period: 1825-1850

Materials: Native tanned deerskin; Black, red, and yellow paint.

Description: 1st cover: Soft tanned hide shield cover. Outer perimeter is painted red with a narrow yellow band within followed by large black central area with unknown design at each quadrant. 2nd cover: Soft tanned hide with quill wrapped fringe at top. The major design element is of a bird with out-stretched wings under what could be moons in a dark sky. The shield is 1/4 thick buffalo rawhide.

Dimensions: Diameter 19.75 inches; 50.2 cm


Collected by Thomas A. Clairbourne, Oregon 1846
Adolphus Heiman, Nashville
Tennessee Historical Society, 1857
Alexander Gallery
Epic Fine Arts Co./Masco Corp.


Akicita, The Southwest Museum, Los Angeles, May 17 1983 - July 10, 1983
Splendid Heritage, Wheelwright Museum of the American Indian, Santa Fe, May 27, 1995 - September 27, 1995
Eiteljorg Museum, Indianapolis, October 23, 1998 - October 3, 1999
Splendid Heritage, The Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, February 10, 2009 - March 1, 2010
Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wy, May 1, 2010 - October 31, 2010
Missouri History Museum, St. Louis, Mo, Febuary 12, 2010 - April 24, 2010


Sotheby's Auction Catalogue, Sotheby's, New York, Sale 4943, Lot 153, October 23, 1982&&Harrison, Julia D., The Spirit Sings: Artistic Traditions of Canada's First People, A Catalogue of the Exhibition, McClelland and Stewart, Glenbow Museum, Toronto, 1987, pp 86, Fig. P67
Warnock, John and Marva Warnock, eds, Splendid Heritage: Perspectives on American Indian Art, University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City, 2009, pp 104

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Drs. Ted J. Brasser 2006

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