Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of snowshoes
  • Native Arctic peoples
  • pair of snowshoes, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Alaska, United States or Canada
  • wood, sinew, rawhide,pigment, carving, incising, weaving?
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 132.5 x 26 x 14.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: a) 132.5 x 26 x 14.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b) 134 x 26 x 16 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: b) 52 3/4 x 10 1/4 x 6 5/16 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.7439.a,b
Description

Each snowshoe is teardrop shaped, with the curved end pointed upward. The two wooden crosspieces are evenly spaced near the center and there is a third piece near the back. Narrow strips of sinew extend from the center crosspieces to the front or back in an open weave pattern that is taut. The wider strips of rawhide form a grid between the center crosspieces. There is sinew wrapped around the front rounded portion of the wooden frame. The frame is colored red-orange with an incised line all the way around the frame.