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, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 42 x 23 cm
    Object Length/Width: 16 1/2 x 9 1/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2029
Label Text

The rectangular leather beaded bag has leather fringe and a flap. It is decorated with lane stitched beading. The flap has a large metal disc (possibly nickel silver) and a white beaded band around the perimeter with three dark blue triangles, each with a green square and red outline.
The large square beaded panel takes up the bottom 2/3 of the bag, but above that is a lane of white stitching which matches the flap along each side up to the top. The panel has a white field and dark blue border. Two large light blue triangles with red and dark blue outlines and five red lines extend from the base of the triangle toward the side of the bag. There is a green diamond between triangles with a green triangle above and below, all outlined in red. Three red lines from base of green triangles extend toward the top and bottom of the bag.

The back is undecorated. There is a buckskin tie closure and a buckskin loop on the back.