Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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medicine bone
  • unknown Plains maker
  • medicine bone, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • bone, feathers, leather? beading
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 13 x 2 x 2 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 5 1/8 x 3/4 x 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5817

Short piece of tube-like bone, one end broken at a sharp angle. Most of it is wrapped in a loom beaded strip. The strip has a white field with crosses or diamonds in a variety of colors: orange, red, pink, light green, and light blue. The knob end has a small bit of leather and remnants of red feathers.