Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • Potawatomi peoples
  • pair of beaded moccasins, late 1800s–1963
  • Where object was made: Northeastern United States
  • buckskin, leather, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 7 x 10.5 x 24.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 2 3/4 x 4 1/8 x 9 5/8 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 7.5 x 10 x 24.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 2 15/16 x 3 7/8 x 9 5/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3752.a,b

The pair of buckskin moccasins have leather soles. They are light colored. Each are decorated with the same beaded design of a medium blue leaf with a white outline and light purple circles at the end of each lobe, with a white outline. There is a white stem to the leaf, and two orange ovals at the base of the leaf. There are two colorless leaf-like designs on each side of the shoe, with a semicircle of color between, grading from red to orange to yellow to white. There is a three-lobed light purple leaf with a translucent yellow circle and light purple circle, all outlined with white, under the ankle flap, on each side. The top of the moccasin is edged with white and light blue beads.