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Physical Dimensions

Ht: 39 1/2" W: 12 3/4" Notes: dimensions above are for the frame. Beaded cradle: l: 36", w: 9", d: 9"




Kiowa Cradle

File Catalog Entry: Cradle Kiowa ca.1880-1900 Hide, glass beads, wood, German silver tacks, woolen cloth, cotton cloth 39 1/2" l. x 12 3/4" w. T77 F. Llewellyn Casterline, Belmont, New York; Skinner's, Bolton, Massachusetts, Fall 1990; Morning Star Gallery, Santa Fe In order to transport young children the nomadic Plains Indians developed several regional types of sturdy cradles. They were made by elderly female relatives and passed on in the family. The lattice cradle type developed by the Kiowa is composed of a long skin bag, already long in used as a cradle on the southern Plains, which is attached to a wooden frame of two slats held at an angle by crosspieces. (c.f. Hail 1980, figs.132-134; Conn 1976, pp.82-110) This type appears to have spread from the Kiowa to the Comanche, Cheyenne, and western Lakota. This type of cradle was usually completely covered with beadwork, for which the Kiowa used the overlay stitch. The massive abstract patterns used on Kiowa cradles are unknown on their other beaded objects and they may be inspired by the stylized floral designs of some eastern tribes that were relocated in Oklahoma during the 19th century. The two sides of this cradle are identical in their decoration, an unusual feature, as Kiowa cradles frequently show different designs and even different beadwork techniques on each side. Neither does this example have the customary bib attached to the slats above the hood. Vincent 1995a, p.40.

Provenance: (1) F. Llewellyn Casterline (1897-1983). Belmont, New York.; (2) Skinner's. 9 February 1991.; (3) Morning Star Gallery. Santa Fe, New Mexico.; (4) Eugene V. Thaw.


Southern Plains, OK, USA

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