Warrior's Pipe Bone Fringed Breastplate From Tribal Impressions
This striking Hair Pipe Breastplate is decorated with pony beads,
side leather fringe, glass beads and feathers. Tight fitting breastplates made of bone were used by
Indians for protection in heated battles. Bone hair pipe, usually
from small animals, and beads were fashioned personally by individuals
who imprinted their own style on the plates to gain a spiritual
advantage over their opponents. Hair pipe and Beads, to honor Earth
Mother, were held together with leather.
For nearly two centuries white men who have traded with the Indians
of the Eastern Woodlands and the Great Plains have referred to a
tubular bead measuring 11⁄2 inches or more in length which
they carried in stock by the name of "hair pipe." The
origin of the name is obscure. Certainly the name itself fails to
suggest the variety of ways in which Indians employed these long
beads as articles of personal adornment. Nor should the application
of this name to articles made by Whites for trade to Indians identify
this form of ornament as a white man's invention. It appears more
probable that the trade hair pipe was a white man's substitute for
a type of long, cylindrical ornament which had its origin in prehistoric
Indian culture. (Note: bottom And Top beading trim color may vary)
A true status symbol, bone breastplates were in wide use as a type
of armor by the early 19th Century. Today they are part of many
ceremonial events. Long, hollow hair pipe dates far earlier than
the pre-Columbian period for Indian ornamental dress. Its popularity
grew from Eastern tribes use of shells, bone and stone. Eventually
Colonial traders introduced glass and copper to necklace design
in the 17th and 18th Centuries. Plains Indians used some hair pipe
design for earrings – bone was preferred over shell. By the
19th Century larger, elaborate breastplates were made for ceremonial
Hand Made Warrior's Pipe Bone Fringed Breast Plate (Non-Indian Made)
Normal Retail Pricing: $179.00 On Sale Now! Your Cost Only
Also Pictured: Hand Made Turquoise And Black Bead Hairpipe Bone Choker $38.00
Hand Made Glass And Turquoise Concho Choker With Hanging Fringe $38.00
Complete Set: Warrior's Pipe Bone Fringed Breast Plate And Both Chokers: Only $159.00
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