Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded needle case
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • beaded needle case, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: United States
  • Buckskin, metal, feathers, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 30 x 7 cm length to top of beads on buckskin loop
    Object Length/Width: 11 3/4 x 2 3/4 in length to top of beads on buckskin loop
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1978

On the long narrow buckskin pouch only about the top half is a pouch, the remainder is a decorative flap. There is a small flap at the top that has a buckskin pull that goes through a slit in the pouch to close it. The buckskin loop at the top has large round black beads. There are twisted buckskin fringes at each corner of the actual pouch, each with two tin cones and red feather tufts. There are tin cones and feather tufts at the bottom of the decorative flap as well. The beaded decoration is lane stitched.

The beaded decoration on side one consists of a white field with medium blue triangles down each side with a yellow square in each. There are two long skinny rectangles in the center on the pouch portion.

The beaded decoration on side two consists of a white field. Green chevrons on either seam are joined across the field with a green line. There is a medium blue line at the bottom of the actual pouch. The decorative flap has three green chevrons, pointing downward.