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–1975
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: each 6.5 x 9 x 22 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: each 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 8 5/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1802.a,b

The buckskin moccasins have beaded decoration which is the same for each shoe.

The front has a red heart with a white outline inside a light blue leaf-like shape with five lobes. One lobe is dark blue, one is yellow. The shape is outlined in white and the white continues back on the medial and lateral aspects with short lines with black ends crossing the main line. The long line has leaves in red, dark blue, light blue, and yellow and all are outlined in white. The opening of the shoe is edged in black and yellow beads. Each has a single buckskin tie.