Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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child's beaded moccasin
  • United States
  • child's beaded moccasin, late 1800s–1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, wool, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 9.5 x 8 x 19.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 3 3/4 x 3 1/8 x 7 5/8 in
  • Transfer from Central College, Orville John and Evaline Dryer Green Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3819

The single, small buckskin moccasin has a rawhide sole. The ankle flap has a zigzag edge with remnants of red cloth, possibly wool, at the seam. The top of the shoe is beaded with a cross with flaring and slightly rounded arms. It is in stripes of white, dark green and dark blue. There are two rectangular elements in the negative space on either side of the top vertical arm, in the same colored stripes.