Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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rifle case
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • rifle case, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • buckskin, quills, feathers, cotton, dyeing, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 122 x 18 cm width does not include handle
    Object Length/Width: 48 1/16 x 7 1/16 in width does not include handle
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1310

The light tan buckskin rifle case has two fields of quillwork and a strap which has been broken on one end. The quillwork is at both ends, a red field, with white triangles on the open end and white diamonds on the closed end. The panel at the closed end has a band of light blue beads. There is a longitudinally oriented panel of brown fabric with a zig zag of light blue beads and an outline of light blue beads. Buckskin fringe is on both ends of the case, extending halfway up the case from the closed end, and is at both small panels where the handle is attached. The panels for the strap each have four stripes of red quills and remnants of red feathers. The back of the rifle case is plain.