Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • pair of beaded moccasins, late 1800s–1957
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 11 x 15 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 4 5/16 x 5 7/8 x 7 7/8 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 11 x 9 x 19.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 4 5/16 x 3 1/2 x 7 5/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3794.a,b

The pair of buckskin moccasins has buckskin ankle flaps and tongues and the remainder (inluding sole) is beaded. The top of the ankle flap is cut in a zigzag.

The beading on the upper has a white field and a medium blue band around the ankle that is continuous with a chevron on top. The chevron is in red and triangle is in green. The stepped triangles in medium blue, red and white around the shoe alternate with two small stacked triangles in green and red. The sole is mostly dark green with horizontal white stripes. There are small red and dark blue squares around the perimeter.