One of a Kind - Native Warrior head piece with split and tacked horns; ermine and beaded
split horn Ermine headdress/bonnet. Another museum quality piece that you can bring home
Never seen anything like this one! Over 30 ermine pelts; split bison horn with beading and tacking. Trade cloth; pretty sure I know where the feathers came off of ... but best not talk about that. Feathered are traditionally dyed, it appears. No real provinance yet, but I am working on it
This is a vintage reproduction (not modern made, but not an antique either) and it is done very well and true to form. Make this incredible piece yours today! MAKER: Unknown. APPROX AGE: Vintage. SIZE: This item measures 29 inches in length (from top to bottom, 14 inches wide (left to right), and 13 inches from front to back. CONDITION: Good for its age, normal wear expected.
Split horn bonnets were "worn only by the bravest of the brave; by the most extraordinary men in the nation", as stated by artist George Catlin who visited tribes in 1834.
Ermine (winter skins of the weasel) were admired by tribes due to their bravery and tenacity. A warrior had to receive spiritual instruction from a dream or a mystical experience in order to acquire the right to make such a headdress. Songs related to the privileges of wearing the bonnet were conveyed in the same manner.