Nez Perce Parfleche Knife Sheath beadwork, knife sheath, plateau, sale item, sheaths
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Nez perce parfleche knife sheath

Item Number: NW3


15" x 4". Ex Williams collection. The term parfleche was first coined by the French fur traders and derived from the French word “parer” meaning defend and “fleche” meaning arrows, as the hide was tough enough to be used as a shield and deflect an arrow. The original containers had graphics that were maps, geographical depictions such as rivers and mountains, or symbols that told the family’s stories. Once the parfleche left the family, the story was lost and the parfleche became Native American art rather than a meaningful storyteller.

PERIOD: 1st quarter 20th century

ORIGIN: Plateau, Nez Perce

SIZE: 15" x 4"


PRICE $ 2,000 $ 3,000

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