April 05, 2019 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


Kutenai Buffalo Hide Painted Two-Sided Fringed Parfleche Case

painted in red, blue, and black; having distinctive thin lines throughout design; sides laced with fringe; hide thong closures, overall length 14 in.. length of case 7 in. x width 7.75 in.
mid-19th century 

Published:  Maramonte, Rocky.  The Parfleche Hunt: My Pre-Reservation Collection (2014: 17-19).


Chris Hedrick, Houston, Texas
Klaus Wojciechowski, Spain
GrimmerRoche, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Jim Pavitt and Carolyn Stettner, Virginia
Mac Grimmer, Santa Fe, New Mexico

A small number of Kutenai parfleches have been preserved, yet they comprise a highly recognizable style and unified body of works.  It is remarkable that such a small tribe should develop one of the most distinctive styles and retain it in spite of surrounding influences.... Kutenai parfleches are distinguished by their visual complexity.  The principle forms within compositions are freely and expressively drawn, in sharp contrast to the sense of finely detailed intricacy established by the minute brown/black triangles and lines integrated throughout the design.  Even these elements, however, assume differing progressions and point in various directions, contributing to an all-pervasive movement and energy (Torrence, Gaylord. The American Indian Parfleche: A Tradition of Abstract Painting. 1994: 190).

Estimate: $3,000 - $4,000
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