Dress

Dress

1890's
Culture
Nez Perce
Country
United States
dress
Leather, glass beads, and fur
The L. D. and Ruth Bax Collection at the Denver Art Museum
1985.42

Nez Percé artist, Dress, 1890s. Leather, glass beads, and fur; 57 x 55 in. Denver Art Museum: The L.D. and Ruth Bax Collection, 1985.42

Dimensions
height: 57 in, 144.7800 cm; width: 55 in, 139.7000 cm
Department
Native Arts
Collection
Indigenous Arts of North America

The artist who created this fancy dress used a variety of decorative techniques to make it as attractive as possible. The foundation is soft deerskin. Rows of colorful glass beads undulate across the shoulders. Layers of long fringe at the bodice, sides, and bottom of the skirt intensify the wearer's movements. As a final touch the artist left the tail of the deer as an extra element at the neckline. 

Known Provenance
L. D. and Ruth Bax, Denver, CO, before 1985; Denver Art Museum, 1985.