Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • United States
  • pincushion, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: United States
  • seal skin, buckskin, felt, cotton, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 x 9 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 8 5/8 x 3 1/2 x 2 3/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1718

The roughly acorn shaped pin cushion has a body and strap handle made of seal skin with a small amount of fur remaining. The top surface, for pins, is a patchwork of felt in dark blue, light green, orange, and purple separated by narrow strips of felt. The top surface has beaded decoration consisting of three multi-colored star or flower designs around the perimeter, with a multi-colored line, and a center star or flower in red and white. It is stuffed with cotton stuffing and cotton fabric.