Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded awl case
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • beaded awl case, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • rawhide, buckskin, leather, metal, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 29 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 11 3/8 x 1 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1515

The rawhide awl case has buckskin fringe and a flapped lid. The case is covered in a string of beads, resulting in bands of green, dark blue, and one white band on the case and one pink stripe on the flap. There are two buckskin fringes and two tin cones at the bottom of the flap and the bottom of the case but not the fringes. The top of the lid is a green star or flower with a pink center.