A Sioux war sheild collected by Major James M. Bell, a union cavalry veteran of the Civil War who fought in several major engagements. After the war, he served as a cavalry officer during the Indian Wars. The accession record for this sheild indicates that it came from a captive Sioux.
From card: "The base of this shield is a plain piece of stiff hide with the hair left on the back, and the observed decoration is on a thin piece of once white cloth. It consists of a horned cows head in the center with a pink zig zag streak extending downward from the jaw; yellow, pink and brown concentric circles on either side of the head, from the right one of which hangs a tassel of two eagle feathers and three small bells. Upper third is painted a dirty brown and the lower third is yellow. A substitute for the older all hide ones." accession record: (from) "Captive Sioux."