Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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painted buckskin
  • United States
  • painted buckskin, late 1800s–1993
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, pigment
  • Object Length/Width: 112 x 78 cm
    Object Length/Width: 44 1/8 x 30 11/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1325

The buckskin is decorated with a primarily green lizard-like creature, possibly Avanyu. The animal's head, tail, and legs are green, with black and white markings (bands and chevrons). The animal's snout, tip of tail and claws are yellow. The hip and shoulder areas are stepped orange blocks. The belly of the animal has a stylized human figure with black hair, orange eyes, a yellow and black mouth, atop stacked orange and yellow triangles. A yellow wolf-like animal is in the belly of the human-like figure. The buckskin has irregular borders and holes.