Hair-Pipe Necklace

Hair-Pipe Necklace

early 1900s

Cow bone beads, glass beads, brass beads, silk ribbon, metal coin, native-tanned hide or rawhide stringing, vegetable-tanned hide separators

Overall: 236.2 cm (93 in.)

Educational Purchase Fund 1932.50



White travelers referred to tubular beads like those in this woman’s necklace as “hair pipes.” This may be because Plains people wore similar pipe-shaped beads in their hair. This example was made after 1880, when natives began to use European pipe-shaped beads made by machine from cow bones.

See also

Contact us

The information about this object, including provenance information, is based on historic information and may not be currently accurate or complete. Research on objects is an ongoing process, but the information about this object may not reflect the most current information available to CMA. If you notice a mistake or have additional information about this object, please email

To request more information about this object, study images, or bibliography, contact the Ingalls Library Reference Desk.

Is something not working on this page? Please email

Request a digital file from Image Services that is not available through CC0, a detail image, or any image with a color bar. If you have questions about requesting an image, please email