Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded boots
  • unknown Ka’igwu (Kiowa) maker
  • pair of beaded boots, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, pigment, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a) 67 x 9 x 23 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a) 26 3/8 x 3 9/16 x 9 1/16 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b) 68 x 9 x 23 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b) 26 3/4 x 3 9/16 x 9 1/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3789.a,b

The pair of buckskin boots has rawhide soles. The flap at the front of the boot has white beading along the edges, with paired triangles in green and red, and chevrons in green and red. There is a narrow strip of white beads around the ankle with green and red triangles. There is a row of single white beads around the bottom of the foot. The top of the shoe has a triangle-like shape made from diamonds in purple, green and blue all outlined with white. There are red lines at the points and a blue and purple cross at the top. There is yellow pigment under the beaded area on the top of the shoe and around the bottom of the shoe.