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, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 130 x 13.5 cm length does include fringe
    Object Length/Width: 51 1/8 x 5 5/16 in length does include fringe
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1311

The light tan buckskin rifle case has long, skinny fringe at the open end and along the side seam, from the end panel to the middle. There is a panel of lane stitched beading on either end of the case that extends around the case. The panels are the same at both ends, and the design repeats on both sides of the case: a field of light blue and open crosses of red with a white center and triangles directed toward each other. The center base of the triangle is a solid white right triangle, next to a solid green right triangle, with a vertical red line between them. The red line meets with a red triangle, inside a gold triangle, inside a dark blue triangle.