Hair-Pipe Necklace

Cow bone beads, glass beads, brass beads, silk ribbon, metal coin, native-tanned hide or rawhide stringing, vegetable-tanned hide separators | 236.2cm | early 1900s

Unknown Artist

When Europeans first arrived, Plains people wore pipe-shaped beads of shell, bird bone, or other materials in their hair. It may be for this reason that white travelers applied the term "hair pipes" to the pipe-shaped beads in such necklaces as this ...
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