Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded boots
  • Blackfoot or Cheyenne peoples
  • pair of beaded boots, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, pigment, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a) 74 x 9 x 25.5 cm height includes fringe
    Object Height/Width/Length: a) 29 1/8 x 3 9/16 x 10 1/16 in height includes fringe
    Object Height/Width/Length: b) 70.5 x 9.5 x 25.5 cm height includes fringe
    Object Height/Width/Length: b) 27 3/4 x 3 3/4 x 10 1/16 in height includes fringe
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3782.a,b
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Description

The pair of buckskin boots have rawhide soles. The boot shafts are colored with yellow pigment and have long fringe at the top. There are ties down the front with two rows of beading. The beading has a white field with triangles in pink/dark green and medium blue/red. It appears there used to be another decoration between the rows of beading.
There is a wide band of beading around the ankle on a white field with a thin dark green stripe and dark green triangles on either side. The triangles have white rectangles in the middle, red squares at the ends, and medium blue and red details.
The top of the foot is beaded with a rectangular field of white beads, with a green outline. There is a medium blue stripe down the middle and medium blue diagonal lines from the green outline to the center stripe. There is a band of white beads around most of the bottom with repetitions of two yellow triangles outlined in green.