Ornament, Horse Trapping

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

A headstall for a horse. Made from strips of red wool strouding decorated with seed beads in a floral pattern, this ornamental headstall would likely have been for ceremonial use, fitting over a plain leather headstall. The design resembles styles used by the Metis people of Canada, but which were also popular among Plains tribes, such as the Sioux during the 19th century.

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  • Title: Ornament, Horse Trapping
  • Location: Upper Missouri River, United States, North America
  • Type: Headstall
  • Rights: This image was obtained from the Smithsonian Institution. The image or its contents may be protected by international copyright laws. http://www.si.edu/termsofuse
  • External Link: View this object record in the Smithsonian Institution Collections Search Center
  • USNM Catalog Number(s): E1918
  • Photo Credit: Donald E. Hurlbert, Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History
  • Field: Ethnology
  • Accession Date: 1859


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