Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded sash
  • unknown Potawatomi maker
  • beaded sash, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Northeastern United States
  • wool yarn, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 149 x 5.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 58 5/8 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1383

The loom beaded sash has braided and beaded fringe. The main beaded panel of the sash has a white field and tulip-like designs interspersed with diamonds of red or green with an outline of the opposite color. The yellow tulip flowers have red leaves with green lines, and the green tulip flowers have red leaves with yellow lines. All leaves and flowers are outlined in black.

The fringe adjacent to the main panel is braided red and green yarn, with round green and red pompoms. Small loom beaded panels attach on the other side of the pompom. These panels have a white field and diamonds of red, yellow, or green, all outlined in black. A single round red and green pompom is attached to the end of each panel.