Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Lakota maker
  • parfleche, late 1800s–1894
  • Where object was made: United States
  • rawhide, paint
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 73.5 x 40 x 11.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 28 7/8 x 15 3/4 x 4 1/2 in
  • Gift of Sylvia Sparks
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6267

The large folded envelope is made of rawhide and the top two flaps are painted with geometric designs. There is a rectangle on either end with yellow and red stripes and blue triangles. There is a blue triangle on either side with a yellow chevron. There is a dark green, red, and dark blue triangle closer to the seam. There is a red and light blue rectangle with dark blue triangles on either side. The design wraps to the back on one end. There are holes at the front center for closing.