Man's pad saddle - ROM2005_5641_1

ROM2005_5641_1

Man's pad saddle

Maker: Plains Cree or Plains Anishinaabeg (Ojibwa)
Medium:Beaded hide, wool cloth
Geography: Saskatchewan or Manitoba, Canada
Date: c. 1885
Dimensions:
16 × 53 × 43 cm
Object number: NS43350
Credit Line: Gift from the Estate of Col. George E. Laidlaw
Not on view
Description

Beginning in the 1700s, pad saddles became popular among the horse-mounted tribes of the Plains. However, it was likely the Cree, Anishinaabeg, and Métis late-comers to the region who most influenced stylistic developments in the decoration of saddles during the later 1800s. In this example, made around 1880, the layout of the floral sprays with geometrically decorated tabs at the corners is typical. The saddle is filled with the antelope hair that is hollow and so does not compact down.

Toronto-born George Edward Laidlaw (1860 – 1927) was a veteran of the Northwest Rebellion and the Boer War. He was an amateur archaeologist and ethnologist, as well as an active contributor to the collections of the Ontario Provincial Museum. In addition to his archaeological research, he collected basketry and quillwork from the Anishinaabeg (Ojibwa) people who camped on his family farm on Balsam Lake near Coboconk, Ontario. Payment requested for these objects included groceries and cigarettes.

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