Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded belt
  • unknown maker from the United States
  • beaded belt, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: United States
  • plant fiber, wood, shell, braiding, weaving
  • Object Length/Width: 122 x 16 cm
    Object Length/Width: 48 1/16 x 6 1/4 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1905

The belt was constructed of 25 strands of small dark wooden beads strung onto plant fiber, intersected by three narrow panels of round, red-orange shell beads. The plant fiber is strung through a wooden bar on each end, into two small woven panels. The loose ends are braided into two ties on each end.