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Chief’s war bonnet

Chief’s war bonnet

Chief’s war bonnet

Leather, eagle feathers, bones, glass beads

H: 186; W: 70 cm

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Bernard Lewis, Los Angeles, to American Friends of the Israel Museum

Accession number:

B94.0175

Arts/Americas

This extraordinarily well-preserved war bonnet with eagle feathers is the consummate symbol of an Indian warrior’s prowess and accomplishments. Only a man who had proven himself in battle against an enemy could wear one. Each feather represents an act of bravery on the part of the wearer or a fellow tribesman.