Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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rifle case
  • unknown Dakelh (Carrier) maker
  • rifle case, late 1800s–1950
  • Where object was made: British Columbia, Canada
  • leather, wool, beading, shell
  • Object Length/Width: 125 x 16 cm length includes flap
    Object Length/Width: 49 3/16 x 6 1/4 in length includes flap
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1308

This is a leather rifle case with beading on three fields of wool which extend around the case, and three bands of fringe. The top field of red wool has a flower design, one in light blue, outlined in dark blue, and a green flower with a brown outline, and a third flower is light blue with a black outline. There is a vertical stripe of multi-colored beads between the three flowers and a stripe at the bottom of the field. Black beads edge the top of the red wool. The middle field of black wool has squares and semicircles in white, green, purple, brown, blue, orange, red, colorless, and some brass-colored metal faceted beads. The field of red wool at the narrow end has a floral design, similar to the one already described although one of the flowers is three petaled, instead of four. There is a single button closure flap at one end.