Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of quilled moccasins
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • pair of quilled moccasins, late 1800s–1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, porcupine quills, cotton, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: each 9 x 10 x 25 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: each 3 1/2 x 3 7/8 x 9 13/16 in
  • Transfer from Central College, Orville John and Evaline Dryer Green Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2241.a,b
Label Text

The pair of buckskin moccasins have a rawhide sole and cotton cloth around the opening to the shoe. There is a plaid ribbon under the cotton flap around the opening. The vamp and sides of the shoes are decorated with dyed quills in red, orange, green, purple, and white, arranged in a floral pattern. There are three flowers on the vamp at the front, two clusters of leaves closer to the opening and another cluster of leaves on the outer side of each shoe.