Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of women's beaded boots
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • pair of women's beaded boots, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Great Plains
  • buckskin, rawhide, pigment, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 30 x 8 x 23.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 11 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 9 1/4 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 29.5 x 8 x 23.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 11 5/8 x 3 1/8 x 9 1/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3801.a,b

The pair of small buckskin boots have rawhide soles. There is a band of beading around the bottom of the boot shaft. The band has a white field with a red band at the top and a green band at the bottom. They have a red cross at the back and green triangles with red squares inside. The white beaded strip up the side has the same decoration. There are white beads at the edge of the flap.

The shoe portion is beaded with a white field. A narrow green wedge at either side of the top is continuous with a green stripe around the back. There are dark blue triangles around the bottom of the shoe portion. The top has two red triangles and small dark blue squares.

There is green pigment on the boot shaft. The buckskin flap at the top is folded down.