A Lakota Sioux velvet opera cape

(1858-1910, Lakota/Minneconjou Sioux)
Attributed to Edith Claymore, the velvet cape with detailed beaded floral and butterfly designs around the body, with floral vining around the collar, and lined in a black floral brocade, with hook closure at neck
22.5" H at center front; 24.5" H at center back; 95" total hem circumference

  • Provenance: Sale: Sotheby's, 2001
    Susan and Eliot Black of Greenwich, CT and Scottsdale, AZ
    Acquired at auction by current owner
  • Literature: A photograph of the cape accompanies: F. Dennis Lessard, "Pictographic Sioux Beadwork: A Re-examination," "American Indian Art Magazine," (Autumn 1991): 71
  • Notes: Most likely acquired at Sotheby's Pre-Colombian and American Indian Art Sale, May 2001, session 4, Lot #604. This cape is featured in a photograph held at the State Historical Society of North Dakota. The photograph depicts Edith and her husband set up to sell their beadwork and the cape is draped over the table on the right side.
  • Condition: Overall good condition with dust accumulation and wear commensurate with age and use. A few scattered small areas of faint surface soiling.

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