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T h i s c r a d l e i s u n u s u a l , a n d p o s s i b l y u n i q u e , i n t h a t i t r e p r e s e n t s a l a t e u s e o f ' p o n y ' b e a d s , w h i c h w e r e n o l o n g e r p o p u l a r w h e n m o s t K i o w a l a t t i c e c r a d l e s w e r e m a d e . T h e s e o r n a t e c r a d l e s d i d n o t b e c o m e c o m m o n u n t i l a f t e r 1 8 6 8 , d u r i n g t h e r e s e r v a t i o n p e r i o d , w h e n s m a l l e r ' s e e d ' b e a d s w e r e p l e n t i f u l a n d w o m e n c o u l d t a k e t i m e t o d e c o r a t e p a r t i c u l a r l y f a v o r e d o b j e c t s . I n f a c t , m o s t K i o w a b e a d e d l a t t i c e c r a d l e s i n m u s e u m s b e a r d a t e s f r o m 1 8 9 0 t o 1 9 1 0 .

T h e K i o w a a r e k n o w n t o f a v o r b i l a t e r a l a s y m m e t r y , o f t e n u s i n g d i f f e r e n t c o l o r s , a s h e r e , o r d i f f e r e n t d e s i g n s o n e a c h s i d e o f a n o b j e c t . T h e d e s i g n s h e r e a r e s i m p l e d i a m o n d s a n d o v a l s . L a t e 1 9 t h - c e n t u r y c r a d l e s a r e o f t e n b e a d e d w i t h l a r g e a n d c o m p l e x f l o r a l a n d g e o m e t r i c e l e m e n t s , a n d t h o s e o f t h e e a r l y 2 0 t h c e n t u r y w i t h r e p r e - s e n t a t i o n a l d e s i g n s s u c h a s f l a g s , g a m e a n i m a l s , h o r s e s , s t a r s , a n d o a k o r m a p l e l e a v e s . C o m m o n t o a l l w a s t h e v i v i d a n d i m a g i n a t i v e u s e o f c o l o r . T h e n a r r o w b i b n o r m a l l y t a c k e d t o t h e l a t t i c e s a b o v e t h e h o o d i s l a c k i n g i n t h i s e x a m p l e .

Cradle (Left Side), ca. 1860 Plains, Kiowa Rawhide; tanned deerskin; cotton cloth; multicolored glass pony beads; wood (backboards) From the private collection of John and Marva Warnock WC8401019

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