Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • unknown maker from the United States
  • pair of beaded moccasins, late 1800s–1990
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, pigment, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 9.5 x 9 x 24 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 3 3/4 x 3 1/2 x 9 7/16 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 8 x 9 x 25 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 3 1/8 x 3 1/2 x 9 13/16 in
  • Transfer from the Johnson County Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3756.a,b

The pair of buckskin moccasins have rawhide soles. A small amount of yellow pigment is still visible on the bottom edge of the buckskin. The ankle flaps and tongue are not beaded, but the rest of the upper is beaded. It has a white field. The top has a medallion design with a translucent light purple triangle and a white triangle with concentric circles in those colors around a center dark blue circle. There are translucent light purple squares with dark blue triangles on either side around the bottom edge.