Buffalo Headdress Horns

Buffalo Headdress Horns


Southwest. Attributed to the Northern Rio Grand Pueblos. Possibly Cochiti or Santa Domingo Pueblo

19th Century

Buffalo horns, white pigment, cotton cord

Approximately 10” in length

Overall excellent condition. No restoration.

From a New Mexican Collection

This is an early matched set of buffalo horns with white pigmented spots set in shallow drilled depressions. The base of each horn is drilled for attachment to a buffalo headdress. There are remnants of cotton cord at the tips of each horn which would have held feather tufts.

The combination of imagery, buffalo, celestial white dot stars and feather down evokes the power of a ceremonial headdress.

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