Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded wand
  • Potawatomi peoples
  • beaded wand, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: Northeastern United States
  • wood, buckskin, cloth, metal, feathers?, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Diameter: 54 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 21 1/4 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Estate of Karl Menninger and his family
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3910

The wand has a wooden shaft and teardrop end. The shaft is wrapped with cloth with multi-colored beads over the top. The teardrop shaped head is covered with buckskin with vertical strips of multi-colored beading. There is a metal cone at the end of the handle and two metal cones at the end of the head. One metal cone with red feathers is separated from one of the ends and may not be from this object.