Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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dispatch case
  • unknown Ka’igwu (Kiowa) maker
  • dispatch case, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • leather, buckskin, metal, pigment, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 42.5 x 19 cm
    Object Length/Width: 16 3/4 x 7 1/2 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2013
Label Text

The rectangular dark brown leather bag has a flap. The buckskin fringe at the bottom edge and perimeter of the flap is decorated with yellow pigment. The sides are no longer sewn closed. The flap has medium blue and white beading on the perimeter and small round metal buttons. Front panel is beaded below the flap, with a medium blue curved shape in the center, with yellow curlicues on the sides, a red and yellow star and a white outline at the top. The panel itself has an outline of medium blue beads. The upper portion of the panel has a continuation of the design indicated by stitching, though no beads are present. The back panel has a similar design, also indicated by stitches, but completely lacking beads.