Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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knife sheath
  • United States
  • knife sheath, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: United States
  • rawhide, buckskin, metal, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 18.5 x 5 cm length to top of beaded portion of loop
    Object Length/Width: 7 1/4 x 1 15/16 in length top of beaded buckskin loop
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1980

The small knife sheath has an undecorated rawhide back and a beaded front of either rawhide or buckskin. The buckskin loop at the top is decorated with large metal beads. The band of beading at the top has a white field and a red band. There are blocks of dark blue and red in the center above and below the red line. There is a fringe of metal cones at the bottom of the band. The remainder of the front has a yellow field with four dark blue squares. There is a line of red and white around the perimeter of the yellow.