Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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peyote fan
  • unknown maker from the United States
  • peyote fan, late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: United States
  • feathers, buckskin, beading, dyeing
  • Fan Max Height/Max Width: 50 x 22 cm
    Fan Max Height/Max Width: 19 5/8 x 8 5/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0766

This feather fan is made from striped feathers in tones of brown. The proximal quills are wrapped with buckskin. There are remnants of red feathers glued to the buckskin wrapping and downy blue feathers tip some of the feathers. The handle is wrapped with beading in a zigzag pattern of light blue, white, colorless, light green, dark green, and yellow. There is a tassel of twisted buckskin fringes at the end.