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Pair of northern plains parfleche envelopes

Item Number: AE0940


Pair of Northern Plains parfleche envelopes. Each of rectangular form and decorated on the face. Each half centering a rectangle enclosing dual triangles and flank on each side by triangle devices. 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: Circa 1890s

ORIGIN: Northern Plains

SIZE: 28" x 12 1/2"


PRICE $ 12,000

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