Crow/ Apsáalooke artist, Saddle skirt, late 1800s. Rawhide and paint; 17" diameter rondels. Denver Art Museum: Gift of James and Deborah Frank, 2016.324A-B
Abstract painting was highly developed among indigenous cultures around the world and dates back many millennia. Artists throughout Native America likewise were accomplished abstractionists as evidenced by the patterning on this saddle skirt. This is an extremely rare type of decorative horse gear with only six other examples known to be in existence today.