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Cheyenne Full-sized parfleche

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RTCFA No. NA 0388
Cheyenne Full-sized parfleche
Artist: unknown
Rawhide, paint, and leather thong, 25.5 x 15.75 in. (64.7 x 40 cm).

Geographic Location: Montana
Region: Plains
Group / Tribe: Cheyenne

Description: Full-sized parfleche.

Provenance: Purchased from Toby Herbst, Galisteo, NM

*Coe wrote:* This is the only Cheyenne parfleche I have seen on the market in recent years and purchased it as a full-sized companion to the child's parfleche (NA0387) about 1972 when the whole art market was entirely different in every respect. [NOTE: NA0387 was gifted to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY in 2011.] [URL: See the piece on the Metropolitan Museum of Art website.] This is not as complex and ingratiating a design as the child's parfleche, but on the other hand it has an orientalizing simplicity applied to the standard swelling triangles of Cheyenne style that indicates a very experienced hand, at home with broad-scale, assured freehand design and the color scheme of orange and blue is again; only successful because of this same assured approach. It emotes the aphorism "less is more" in Cheyenne terms.