Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • United States
  • pair of beaded moccasins, late 1800s–1955
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, pigment, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 11 x 9 x 26 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 4 5/16 x 3 1/2 x 10 1/4 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 12.5 x 9 x 26 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 4 7/8 x 3 1/2 x 10 1/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3754.a,b

The pair of buckskin moccasins have rawhide soles. They have been rubbed with a red-orange pigment. There is a band of white beads around most of the base, with red and dark blue triangles. The top is decorated with a keyhole shaped design with a white field. There is a dark blue border, and red border inside the blue. The circle portion of the keyhole has a cross-like design with triangular arms in red and medium blue, outlined with dark blue. The center is a red circle. The rectangular portion has a red cross with a medium blue center and dark blue edges.