Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded belt
  • North or Central America
  • beaded belt, late 1800s–1950
  • cotton, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 79.5 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 31 1/4 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2059

The dirty, unbleached cotton strip is beaded. There are no ties or buckles. The beaded decoration consists of a white field. The floral design is a mirror image from the middle. There is a clear, red and orange flower in the center and a green vine-like stem with curlicues and yellow/green leaves. There is a cluster of three orange/red circle flowers and three lightblue /dark blue leaves. The stem ends and another begins with a dark blue/light blue flower with leaves and two spiky red/orange flowers and one more light blue/dark blue leaf.