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knife sheath
  • unknown Apache maker
  • knife sheath, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • rawhide, buckskin, string, metal, feathers, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 44 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Width: 17 5/16 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift from the Harold Eicholtz Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1992

The knife sheath, has a rawhide back and buckskin front and buckskin fringe. It has a string handle at the top and lane stitched beading.

The top half of the beaded panel has a white field, with an hourglass-like shape in yellow and medium blue, with a horizontal rectangle going though the middle. The hourglass is outlined in dark blue, and there is a dark blue line on either side of the field. The bottom half of the beaded panl has a yellow field with a green blade-shape in the center, and a green zigzag from the blade point. There are four green triangles in the yellow band, each outlined in red then dark blue with a white band around the entire panel.

Two buckskin fringes at the point, have yellow beads along the edges, with blocks of medium blue and white. Tin cones with red feather tufts are spaced along the sheath and fringe at regular intervals.