Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded boots
  • unknown Ka’igwu (Kiowa) maker
  • pair of beaded boots, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, pigment, nickel silver, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 60 x 8.5 x 22 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 23 5/8 x 3 3/8 x 8 5/8 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 64 x 8.5 x 21.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 25 3/16 x 3 3/8 x 8 7/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3803.a,b

The pair of buckskin boots have rawhide soles. They are colored with yellow pigment. There is a row of small nickel silver discs up the front of each boot. There is a band of white beading along the front flap with a zigzag in dark blue, light blue and red. There is a strip of medium blue beading on the front flap and around the ankle, with a white, dark blue and yellow design, and small squares of red and yellow stripes. There is a small white beaded medallion with a red and dark blue flower-like design on the top of each shoe portion, to the lateral side. There is a buckskin tie at the top of the flap.