Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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knife sheath
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • knife sheath, 1861–1889
  • Where object was made: Fort Yates, Dakota Territory (present-day North Dakota), United States
  • buckskin, metal, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 25 x 8 cm
    Object Length/Width: 9 13/16 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of H. Greissinger
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1976

The buckskin knife sheath is lane stitched on the front with a fringe of metal cones 1/3 from top. The band of decoration around the top has light blue field with two red triangles, outlined in yellow and dark blue. The remainder of the front is beaded in the same designs and color, but the design is oriented up to down, with a streak of dark blue in the center. The back is undecorated.