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knife sheath
  • unknown Cheyenne maker
  • knife sheath, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Great Plains
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 27 x 8.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 10 5/8 x 3 3/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1983

The knife sheath, appears to be made by folding the top of a moccasin lengthwise. There is a buckskin loop at the top and fringe at the point. There are two green triangles making a "buffalo track" pattern. The border is decorated with bands of white and red with yellow hexagons and squares outlined in dark blue with red squares inside. There is the same configuration of red and white stripes between the green triangles which intersect the border at the point. There are bands of red and white diamonds on the otherwise undecorated buckskin at the top. There are groups of three large multi-colored beads at the curved edge and red and white beads at the seam.

The back of the sheath doesn't have the line of larger beads or the red and white diamonds. It does have a small buckskin loop for attaching to a belt on the undecorated buckskin.