blue wool with red, white and yellow stripes at long sides; edged with blue ribbon at short sides; floral beadwork at short sides; three pairs of beaded red horses edged in white along bottom

Dance blanket, c. 1900

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2016 Accession Highlight

Using signature Otoe/Otoe Missouria-style applique technique with boisterous and colorful beads, the artist transformed a subtle Hudson Bay blanket into a refined and prized Native Dance Blanket. This blanket was most likely commissioned by an Otoe/Otoe Missouria artist for an Osage community member. As the first piece of Otoe/Otoe Missouria art to enter Mia’s collection, this large, bold and beautifully realized Dance Blanket is a significant addition to our holdings.

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blue wool with red, white and yellow stripes at long sides; edged with blue ribbon at short sides; floral beadwork at short sides; three pairs of beaded red horses edged in white along bottom