Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded boots
  • unknown Cheyenne maker
  • pair of beaded boots, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, pigment, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 62.5 x 8.5 x 24.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 24 5/8 x 3 3/8 x 9 5/8 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 58 x 9 x 24 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 22 13/16 x 3 1/2 x 9 7/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3788.a,b

The pair of buckskin boots has rawhide soles. The bottom edge of the boot shaft is colored red and there is a red stripe on the flap at the front of the shaft. The rest of the boot appears to be colored yellow. The wide stripe of beading at the ankle is mostly white and there are green blocks at the edges. There are two repeats of the design consisting of a yellow octagon with a dark blue outline with a red rectangle inside. There is a dark blue triangle above and below with a yellow line. There is a third iteration of the same design in a different coloration: red, green, black and yellow. A red pigmented stripe on the flap is flanked with white strips of beading, with a design in two colorations: a red triangle with a blue-green rectangle and dark blue squares, or a dark blue triangle with a yellow rectangle and red triangles. There is red beaded edging along the flap and at the bottom of the boot shaft.