Navigating through life away from the library.
Navigating through life away from the library.

Style Imitating Art Inspiration: Native American Powder Horn with Wampum Shoulder Belt

Style Imitating Art Invitation {living outside the stacks}

Hi, this is just a short post to introduce next week’s Style Imitating Art inspiration piece.



Powder Horn and Wampum Shoulder Belt, Horn 1770; Belt, probably early 19th century
Horn (cow), leather, shell beads; Powder horn (a); L. 11 in. (27.9 cm); Diam. 3 in. (7.6 cm); Wt. 7.1 oz. (201.3 g); shoulder belt (b); L. 42 in. (106.7 cm)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Collection of J. H. Grenville Gilbert, of Ware, Massachusetts, Gift of Mrs. Gilbert, 1939 (39.87a–c)

This week’s inspiration piece was curated by Jen {Librarian for Life and Style} because she “…thought it would be fitting to honor our Native American tribes after celebrating the U.S. Fourth of July holiday last week.”

About the Native American Horn:

The style of engraving on this horn suggests that it was made by a Penobscot Indian, possibly for a Massachusetts soldier during the Penobscot expedition of 1779–80. Wampum belts, like the one associated with this horn, were used for trade among native peoples for centuries before the first Europeans arrived in the New World and then as currency between settlers and Indians from the mid-seventeenth century up to the early twentieth century.

If you look closely, you can see bits of red intermingled with the beige and black color scheme. I think I have a top that’ll work perfectly with this inspiration piece.

What do you think you’ll wear? I can’t wait to see!


Everyone’s invited to participate! Send a picture of your Style Imitating Art inspired outfit to Jen at by Tuesday, 17 July. She’ll share the submissions on her blog on Wednesday, 18 July.

You don’t have to be a blogger, a photographer, or an instagrammer to join! You just have to love clothes.

For more stylish inspiration, check out the following:

Where I co-host:

Ageless Style – First Tuesday of the Month

Style Imitating Art – Inspiration piece posted on Mondays with the round-up on Wednesdays

Now go play in your closet,

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

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