Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded legging strips
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • pair of beaded legging strips, late 1800s–1959
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, metal, beading
  • Object Length/Width: a) 55.3 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width: a) 21 3/4 x 2 3/8 in
    Object Length/Width: b) 54.5 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width: b) 21 7/16 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1534.a,b

The two strips of beaded buckskin are intended to decorate a pair of leggings. The strips are decorated with lane stitched beading. They have a white field with four triangles and five red crosses. Each end has two small dark blue squares. The triangles have a blue square with a white outline, a band of red, a thin band of metal, a band of yellow, and a thin band of dark blue. The crosses are red with a yellow center.