Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded leather cup
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • beaded leather cup, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • buckskin, metal, beading
  • Object Height/Diameter: 7 x 10 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 2 3/4 x 3 7/8 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1920

The small buckskin cup has short buckskin fringe at the vertical seam. There is a lane stitched beaded panel around the remainder of the object. It has a medium blue field, a red band on the top and bottom and a red flower with a metal bead centered on either side of the fringe. There are two dark blue birds, facing each other, each with a red bird behind it. There is white detail on the birds and the intitials LWF in white under the birds.