Early Southern Plains Pony-Beaded War Shirt
Comanche or Ute
Date: mid-19th century
Dimensions: 31 in. (78.7 cm) by 57 ½ in. (146.1 cm)
Provenance: ex. Gordon Fritz; ex. Chris Selser; ex. James Reid; ex. Michael Higgins
Exceptional early example of a pony beaded war shirt. Indigo dyed cloth with red pony beads and extensive evidence of usage with patina on the front of the shirt. Conservation Notes: Restoration to the fabric, stabilized the structure of the shirt.