Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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small beaded pillow
  • unknown Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) or Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) maker
  • small beaded pillow, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: New York, United States
  • cotton, cotton stuffing, velvet, paper, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 x 21.5 x 5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 11/16 x 8 7/16 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Alice McKinley
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2020

A small oval pillow with scalloped edges. It has cotton cloth on the back, cotton stuffing inside, and paper covered with cotton for the edging. The front surface is velvet. It has a beaded decoration of pony beads. There is a clear bird with translucent yellow feet and small round flowers and leaves in clear beads, with some pink, light blue, yellow and light green. There is a border of leaves, in mostly clear, with some light green, pink, and light blue beads.

The pillow was made for tourists visiting Niagara Falls.