Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded boots
  • unknown Cheyenne maker
  • pair of beaded boots, early 1900s–2002
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 45 x 8 x 22 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 17 11/16 x 3 1/8 x 8 5/8 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 43 x 8 x 22.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 16 7/8 x 3 1/8 x 8 7/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3790.a,b

The pair of buckskin boots has rawhide soles. There is a vertical slit in front at the top of the boot. The wide band of beaded decoration at the ankles is green and white horizontal stripes with a band of orange and yellow stripes on the sides of the ankle, defined with a thin vertical stripe of light blue and dark blue. The band of beads around the bottom of the shoe portion is white with repeats of a design that includes two dark blue triangles and a rectangle of red, medium blue and dark blue. The top of the foot is decorated with a rectangle. The top portion of the rectangle is white with two green stripes. The top portion is separated from the bottom portion with a medium blue stripe, with a dark yellow center and dark blue outline. The bottom portion has a white border with dark blue triangles. The center has an orange stripe with dark yellow on either side.