Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Oglala peoples
  • shield, late 1800s–1957
  • Where object was made: United States
  • rawhide, buckskin, feathers, sinew, pigment
  • Object Height/Diameter: 3.5 x 59 cm
    Object Height/Diameter: 1 3/8 x 23 1/4 in
  • Gift of the Kansas City Museum by exchange
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5082

The small round rawhide shield has short strips of buckskin around the perimeter, each with a brown feather. One side of the shield has a blue circle in the center with orange and green rings. There is a blue human figure with a long object in either hand. The other side of the shield is decorated with two large blue triangles and two smaller red triangles, which look to be part of a larger design which suggests this may be repurposed.