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Sioux Indian Horse Quirt, ca. 1870-90
The quirt was used by the Plains tribes to control their horses while riding bareback. Another use of the quirt was for "counting coups" a practice where a warrior would touch his enemy with the quirt rather than kill or injure him. This was considered an even braver and more honorable practice than to kill the opponent. Different designs were used by different tribes. The Crow were the masters of the horse. This fine original example has a 15 ½" long oak shaft. It features old original brass head square shank tacks (two replaced) and original leather straps (one broken from age and use). Rich patina to wood and brass. This museum grade example is pictured in "Ornamental Indian Artifacts", by Lar Hothem on page 360. Tom Richards Collection.
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