SIA: Native American Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt

It’s time for another Style Imitating Art (SIA) challenge, and it’s my turn to curate the inspiration artwork. After celebrating the Fourth of July holiday last week, I thought it would be fitting to honor our Native American tribes with this week’s SIA choice.

Inspiration:

I chose this powder horn, ca. 1779–80, with wampum shoulder belt, ca. early 19th century. This horn is part of The Met’s public domain art collection.

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

The piece’s Native American roots are included in The Met’s description:

The style of engraving on this horn suggests that it was made by a Penobscot Indian, possibly for a Massachusetts soldier during the Penobscot expedition of 1779–80. Wampum belts, like the one associated with this horn, were used for trade among native peoples for centuries before the first Europeans arrived in the New World and then as currency between settlers and Indians from the mid-seventeenth century up to the early twentieth century.

And below is a closeup of the intricate carving on the horn. You can see more images of another similar Penobscot Indian horn here on The Met’s site, and you can read more about the Penobscot Tribal Nation here.

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

Powder Horn closeup, ca. 1779–80, via The Met, public domain

The color scheme is quite muted, with brown, black, tan, and tiny bits of red in some of the carvings. You could go with graphic patterns, to reflect the carvings, or play with textures. Lots of possibilities!

Here’s how to participate in SIA:

Everyone is encouraged to participate — bloggers, non-bloggers, all genders, all ages, even pets! Just send a pic of an outfit — selfies and flat lays are also welcome — inspired by this week’s SIA artwork to this week’s curator, me, at librarianforlifestyle@gmail.com by next Tuesday, July 17th. I will then post the SIA round-up on my blog on Wednesday, July 18th.

Also be sure to check out my fellow SIA co-hosts, Salazar @ 14 Shades of Grey and Daenel @ Living Outside the Stacks.

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