• Culture/People:

    probably Sicangu Lakota (Brulé Sioux) (attributed)

  • Object name:

    Bear claw necklace with James Buchanan peace medal (dated 1857)

  • Date created:


  • Place:

    North Dakota or South Dakota; USA (inferred)

  • Media/Materials:

    Silver medal, bear claw/claws (grizzly bear), hide, brass beads

  • Techniques:

    Cast, strung

  • Collection History/Provenance:

    Collection history unknown; formerly in the collection of Richard Joste and said to have been collected in the 1870s or 1880s; acquired by MAI in 1928.

  • Dimensions:

    36 x 25.5 x 3 cm

  • Catalog number:



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See it in the "Peace medals and tomahawks" component of the "Window on Collections" exhibit on the 4th floor

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