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knife sheath
  • Plains peoples
  • knife sheath, late 1800s–1950
  • Where object was made: Texas, United States
  • buckskin, cloth, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 63 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: 24 3/4 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1994

The buckskin knife sheath has a long twisted buckskin handle. The beaded decoration is lane-stitched on a light blue field. The design of four triangles in red and dark blue combines to form an hourglass shape, with a dark blue line through the middle and a yellow square in each color block. It repeats three times. The two long cloth fringes are wrapped in bands of beads: yellow, red, light blue, dark blue and white.