Man's Hide Shirt, Nez Perce (detail)

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Part of the Spalding-Allen Collection purchased by the Nez Perce Tribe in 1996 from the Ohio Historical Society. The shirt was made between 1830 and 1840.

The shirt includes quillwork and black and white Venetian glass beads. The shirt body is of the two-skin style with hair side outward, and head section at top. Hides are cured by the brain solution technique. The shirt is open sided with open sleeve except near cuff end. Long neck flaps are part of main body skin. Quilling of fringe on neck flap in yellow and brown, yellow on sleeve and shoulder fringe. Quill decorative strips are secured to shoulder with sinew in a loop stitch pattern with a white glass “pony” beads employed on external stitch.