Joanne and Lee Lyon collection awarded to Nelson-Atkins Museum



2015-11-05 15:00:43

Kansas City’s Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art has been presented with the Joanne and Lee Lyon collection of Native American art.

It includes a major set of important South-eastern Woodland and Delaware bandolier bags.

Gaylord Torrence, senior curator of Native American art, comments:  “These bags are often cited as the most beautiful and inventive of all beaded works created in North America.

“As a class, they are distinguished by elegant proportion and superb technical refinement. The complex designs are embroidered with the tiniest of glass beads, and yet they possess a sense of freedom and exuberance–in the finely drawn curvilinear motifs, in the tightly constructed progressions forming the compositions, and in the extensive range of colors.”

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