This jacket features beaded pictographic motifs that likely detail biographical and historical narratives. For centuries, Plains Indian artist painted buffalo hides with family and community histories. The United Statesbuffalo eradication program forced artists to adapt their paintings to paper, canvas, and muslin in what came to be known as ledger art. A female artist beaded this buckskin jacket with pictographic motifs, reinterpreting the art form back onto leather.


  • Title: Jacket
  • Date Created: Late 19th century
  • Location Created: Great Plains, North America
  • Provenance: Peabody Essex Museum, Gift of Mrs. Amy Gillette Bassett, 1934, E21299
  • Type: Jacket
  • Medium: Leather, glass beads, and brass buttons
  • Nationality: Lakota
  • Artist name: Lakota artist from the Great Plains, North America

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