Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded bottle with stopper
  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • beaded bottle with stopper, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • glass, buckskin, cork, beading
  • Object Height/Diameter: 30.5 x 10.5 cm together
    Object Height/Diameter: 12 x 4 1/8 in together
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1916.a,b

The tall glass bottle has a narrow neck and a cork stopper with a glass top. The bottle (2007.1916.a) is covered with peyote stitched beadwork on all visible surfaces, including the lip, and sewn to a buckskin base. The beaded decoration has a white field, a light blue band, flanked by medium blue bands on the neck, with diagonal lines in light and medium blue directed downward. The decoration closer to the bottom is a band of medium blue squares on an angle, outlined in dark blue, orange, and dark blue with an orange triangle over each square. The space between the two bands of decoration has light blue triangles, outlined in orange, and light blue diamonds outlined with medium blue and dark blue. The stopper (2007.1916.b) has a white field on the sides with a band of light blue triangles around the bottom, and the top is medium blue.