Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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quilled knife sheath
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • quilled knife sheath, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • buckskin, quills, cloth, beads, rawhide, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 56.5 x 8.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 22 1/4 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1995

The rectangular buckskin knife sheath has a buckskin handle at the top and long buckskin fringe on the bottom. It is decorated with horizontal bands of orange quills. The short panel of quill-wrapped rawhide above the buckskin fringe has a green rectangle (with a red rectangle inside) in between two stripes of orange. There are small dark blue beads for spacers between the rawhide strips at the bottom.