Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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doll cradleboard cover
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • doll cradleboard cover, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Great Plains
  • buckskin, cotton, canvas, cloth, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 30 x 8 x 5.5 cm width is front to back in its current position
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 11 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 2 1/8 in width is front to back in its current position
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2322

The small cradleboard cover is made primarily of buckskin. The top portion is beaded in broad stripes of medium blue, alternating with dark blue with blocks of red and yellow, the stripe outlined in white. The rearmost stripe is white with triangles of red with a dark blue line. An unbleached canvas panel closes the back of the beaded portion. A buckskin tab with white beading and a red triangle with buckskin fringe hangs over the canvas panel. The interior of the beaded portion is unlined. The buckskin panel on the bottom half of the cover is lined with black cotton with pink dots. There are buckskin ties at the seam. There is edging of green or blue cloth at bottom edge of the cover.