Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Lakota maker
  • armband, late 1800s–1963
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 14 x 10.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 5 1/2 x 4 1/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1460

The beaded buckskin armband has a rawhide lace that may be adjustable. A band of beads are lane stitched around the top and bottom of the buckskin in blocks of white and green with a dark blue line between. Narrow triangles extend from the top band in red with white, dark blue, and green lines at the bottom or green with dark blue white and red lines at the bottom. There is a single strand of dark blue beads along the top edge, and a single strand of red beads along the bottom edge.