Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • unknown Wazhazhe (Osage) maker
  • pair of beaded moccasins, late 1800s–1960
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 12.5 x 10 x 28 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 4 7/8 x 3 7/8 x 11 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 13 x 10.5 x 28 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 5 1/8 x 4 1/8 x 11 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3753.a,b

The pair of light colored buckskin moccasins have rawhide soles. The bands of beading define the bison hoof pattern on the buckskin. The beading has a dark blue field with stacked chevrons in yellow, red, blue-green and colorless beads, separated by a triangle in yellow and orange on the top of the shoe. The band around the bottom of the shoe has stacked chevrons in clusters of three consisting of orange, yellow, red, blue-green, and colorless beads.