Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded fur moccasins
  • Native Alaskan peoples
  • pair of beaded fur moccasins, late 1800s–1955
  • Where object was made: Yukon, District of Alaska, Alaska Territory (present-day Alaska), or Alaska, United States
  • seal fur, felt, flannel, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a) 10 x 10 x 26 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a) 3 15/16 x 3 15/16 x 10 1/4 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b) 10 x 10.5 x 25 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b) 3 15/16 x 4 1/8 x 9 13/16 in
  • Gift of Francis Fishburn
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2301.a,b

The mocassins are made of seal fur, with a green felt vamp. They are lined with blue flannel. The beaded decoration on both shoes is the same. It consists of a red leaf shape near the toes, with a white outline and a clear outline. The remainder of the beading is symmetical down the middle, and forms a loop with the red leaf in the front. From the front, the design consists of: a two-tone green leaf outline, with white beads dotting the inside, and a clear flower with a white center. The two-tone green leaf shape, with white beads dotting the inside, join at the narrow end of the leaf on the tab of the shoe.