Deluxe Medicine Man Pipe Bone Breastplate From Tribal And Western Impressions -Full Length Handmade Native American Style Breastplate With Carved Bone Claws And Feather Embellishments - Hand Fringed Leather Sides And Bottom Beading - (Non-American Indian Made But Hand Made) - Normal Retail Pricing $189.00 Your Cost Only - $139.00
This striking Hair Pipe Breastplate is decorated with Beads, Leather fringe, glass beads, carved claws and feathers. It measures approximately 8-1⁄2" by 14". Two 17" long braided leather ribbons tie off around the neck and two more 18" long black tie off on the back. Tight fitting breastplates made of bone were used by Indians for protection in heated battles. Bone hair pipe, usually from small animals, and beads were fashioned personally by individuals who imprinted their own style on the plates to gain a spiritual advantage over their opponents. Hair pipe and Beads, to honor Earth Mother, were held together with leather.
For nearly two centuries white men who have traded with the Indians of the Eastern Woodlands and the Great Plains have referred to a tubular bead measuring 11⁄2 inches or more in length which they carried in stock by the name of "hair pipe." The origin of the name is obscure. Certainly the name itself fails to suggest the variety of ways in which Indians employed these long beads as articles of personal adornment. Nor should the application of this name to articles made by Whites for trade to Indians identify this form of ornament as a white man's invention. It appears more probable that the trade hair pipe was a white man's substitute for a type of long, cylindrical ornament which had its origin in prehistoric Indian culture. (Note: bottom beading trim color may vary)
A true status symbol, bone breastplates were in wide use as a type of armor by the early 19th Century. Today they are part of many ceremonial events. Long, hollow hair pipe dates far earlier than the per-Columbian period for Indian ornamental dress. Its popularity grew from Eastern tribes use of shells, bone and stone. Eventually Colonial traders introduced glass and copper to necklace design in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Plains Indians used some hair pipe design for earrings – bone was preferred over shell. By the 19th Century larger, elaborate breastplates were made for ceremonial occasions.
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