Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of snowshoes
  • North or Central America
  • pair of snowshoes, mid 1800s–1950
  • wood, sinew, rawhide, paint, yarn, weaving?
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 125.5 x 26 x 16 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 49 7/16 x 10 1/4 x 6 5/16 in
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b) 123.5 x 27 x 17 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b) 48 5/8 x 10 5/8 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7438.a,b

Each snowshow is an elongated oval, pointed at either end, and turned up at one end. There is a wooden frame with two wooden crosspieces near the center and a crosspiece at the front where the frame turns up. There are narrow strips of sinew with an open weave that is taut, at the front and back end of each shoe. The middle section between the crosspieces is strung with strips of rawhide in an open weave.

The wooden frame is painted dark green. There are tufts of yarn in orange, green, or red spaced at regular intervals along the sides and clustered at the upturned points on the front.