Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • pair of beaded moccasins, 1850s–1915
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, velvet, metal, feathers, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: each 7.5 x 10.5 x 29 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: each 2 15/16 x 4 1/8 x 11 3/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 0000.0974.a,b

Buckskin mocassins with buckskin flaps around the ankles, which have brown velvet edging. Rawhide soles. The divided tongue is beaded and has two metal cones on each flap, which formerly had tufts of red feathers. Lane stitched.

White field. Light blue triangles around the bottom edge, with dark blue, yellow, red, white and green bands above the triangles. Stacks of three red squares between repeats of triangles. Stepped chevron ("twisted design") in light blue, dark blue, yellow, red, white and green. Small light blue and red squares alternate on the tongue.