Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • unknown Assiniboin maker
  • pair of beaded moccasins, late 1800s–1981
  • Where object was made: Browning?, Montana, United States
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 15 x 19.5 x 29.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 5 7/8 x 7 5/8 x 11 5/8 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 15 x 17 x 31.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 5 7/8 x 6 11/16 x 12 3/8 in
  • Gift of Forrest E. Jones
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3739.a,b

The pair of large buckskin moccassins have a deep ankle flap that is probably intended to be worn up, as a "hightop" with long ties. They are made of medium brown buckskin. The instep of each is decorated with a large scale flower design with a dark blue outline with orange and dark yellow fill and white detail. There is a straight green stem to the ankle with two green leaves. There is a smaller iteration of the flower on the lateral side, under the ankle.