Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded needle case
  • United States
  • beaded needle case, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: United States
  • Buckskin, metal, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 30 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 11 3/4 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1979
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Description

The long narrow pouch has a flap for closing and a decorative flap at the bottom. There is long twisted buckskin fringe at each corner of the pouch with two cones on each. There are two cones at the bottom of the decorated flap. The beaded decoration is lane stitched.

The beaded decoration on side one consists of a white field. The pouch has two bands of dark blue rectangles joined with a line of dark blue and yellow. The decorative flap has three bands of red rectangles, joined with lines of dark blue and yellow. There are dark blue lines at the very bottom.

The beaded decoration on side two consists of a white field on the pouch with dark blue and yellow triangles on either side of the center lane of beads. The decorative flap has a long thin triangle in medium blue in the middle, with small dark blue or white triangles on the edge, and a thick band of yellow around the perimeter. There are dark blue lines at the very bottom.