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The Metis families living among the Teton Sioux in the last decades of the 19th century developed a distinctive art style. Typical are small curvilinear designs of multicolored beadwork. Here, the designs are abstract, but clearly derived from plant forms, and are combined with figures of stars, birds, and horses placed in symmetrical compositions against a background of tanned leather. This vest was owned by Paul Coze (1903-1974), a French expatriate who was an avid student of Plains and Southwest Indian cultures. Coze is recognized for his many contributions to the literature and art of American Indian people as an author, artist, lecturer, filmmaker, and collector.
height 21 in ; width 18 in