Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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knife sheath
  • unknown Apache maker
  • knife sheath, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • leather, buckskin, metal, wool yarn, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 42.5 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 16 3/4 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Harold Eicholtz Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1988

The leather knife sheath has lane-stitched beading in a yellow field. The long red triangle in the center has oblique lines in white and dark blue. There is a thick yellow band around the perimeter and triangles of red or green, with a square of opposite color, outlined in white, at the base of each triangle. There are rows of red squares at both sides of the top.

The single beaded fringe at the point, divides into two beaded fringes with metal beads and cones at the division and the ends. The metal cones used to have tufts of red wool yarn. It is beaded in mostly yellow, but there are bands of green, red and white.