520 East 72nd Street, 2C (By Appointment Only) New York City, NY 10021 , United States Call Seller 212.439.9257


Parfleche case, probably Blackfoot

$ 1,450
  • Description
    The Plains Indians were migratory people, following the buffalo. They necessarily had to carry their clothing, tools, dried food and special personal items as they traveled. They developed parfleche cases to fill this need.

    One of the main forms of parfleches were folded envelopes of cured rawhide, decorated with painted geometric designs on the outside. The hide was stretched, scraped to a uniform thickness with animal hair/fur removed, and then dried over a smoky fire. Tribal customs of paint design evolved over time, although the individual had latitude in the painting of his parfleche.

    This is a fine example of a Blackfoot parfleche bag. It is quite beautiful in its use of color and geometric shapes.
  • More Information
    Origin: United States
    Period: 19th Century
    Condition: Good. excellent condition
    Styles / Movements: American Indian, Traditional
    Incollect Reference #: 354636
  • Dimensions
    W. 12 in; D. 20 in;
    W. 30.48 cm; D. 50.8 cm;
Message from Seller:

For over thirty years, Marcy Burns American Indian Arts LLC has been nationally recognized as a premier dealer in antique American Indian basketry, textiles, pottery and jewelry, including Native American and Classic Designer jewelry from Taxco, Mexico.

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