Horse Mask, ca. 1900 Teton Sioux (Lakota), North or South Dakota Hide, glass beads Horse masks are the most spectacular ceremonial horse trappings from the Great Plains. Thought to be inspired by the horse armor of the first Spanish explorers, masks were used by warriors as they rode in processions in preparation for war. After the end of warfare in the 1880s, Plains Indians continued to use horse masks at Fourth of July parades and other important gatherings. This fully beaded horse mask, with its bold images of flags and decorative fringe, must have commanded a lot of attention at such events. The fringe would have moved in cadence with the horse’s gait, giving the mask an especially dynamic quality.
Physical dimensions: 
height 28.5 in ; length 35 in