Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded pouch
  • unknown maker from the United States
  • beaded pouch, late 1800s–1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 16 x 13 cm
    Object Length/Width: 6 1/4 x 5 1/8 in
  • Transfer from Central College, Orville John and Evaline Dryer Green Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1971

The "U" shaped pouch with fringe around outside edge has a dark blue and white string of beads for the handle.

The beaded decoration on side one consists of a vertical white bar with light blue ends. There is a semicircle on either side in dark blue and green, outlined in white. There is a white, dark blue, and yellow trapezoid shape at the edge of the semicircle. There is a border of diamonds at the perimeter in groups of three yellow and three dark blue and white.

The beaded decoration on side two consists of a horizontal white bar, with red, dark blue, and yellow stripes. There are two-tone diamonds above and below formed by two solid triangles in: white/yellow (above) light blue/yellow, dark blue/colorless and three triangles in yellow and red (below). There is a border of diamonds in white and dark blue/white.