Breast plate

Native American, likely southern Plains or Ute


Length x width: 30.5 x 27.9 cm (12 x 11 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Glass beads, brass, rawhide

Not On View


Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Beaded breast plate. Square shape with fringe on three sides. Predominately made of red glass trade beads, with one vertical stripe of black beads down the center. Larger blue beads with brass fittings on two sides. Small loops of red beads extend from the bottom and a rawhide loop attached at the top for hanging around the neck.


Earl Horter (b. 1881 - d. 1940), Philadelphia. Walter S. Chattin, Philadelphia. Colonel George G. Green (b. 1842 - d. 1925), Woodbury, NJ; until 1971, by descent within the family; November 19, 1971, Green Collection sale, Sotheby Parke-Bernet, New York, lot 244. May 10, 2008, anonymous sale, Skinner, Boston, lot 276, sold to Timothy Phillips, Boston; 2013, gift of Timothy Phillips to the MFA. (Accession date: May 29, 2013)

Credit Line

Gift of Timothy Phillips