Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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knife sheath
  • unknown maker from the United States
  • knife sheath, late 1800s–1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 31 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: 12 3/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Transfer from Central College, Orville John and Evaline Dryer Green Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1987

The rawhide knife sheath has a buckskin wrapping/covering and loop at the top and buckskin fringe at the point. The top 1/3 is a beaded panel and the bottom portion has a stripe of beads around the perimeter. The field is light blue, with a band of translucent yellow around the perimeter, with clusters of dark blue squares. Four yellow squares have red outlines. The stripe of beads on the bottom portion are light blue with clusters of dark blue squares around translucent yellow squares. There are diamonds of dark and light blue in the otherwise undecorated center. The top of the single fringe at the point is wrapped in red beads. The back is undecorated.