Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded vest
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • beaded vest, late 1800s–1993
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, silk ribbon, cotton, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 56 x 52 cm
    Object Height/Width: 22 1/16 x 20 1/2 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1448

The beaded buckskin vest is lined with cotton fabric. It has pink silk ribbon edging around the edges and armholes. The beaded decoration is lane stitched. The field is white, and there is a dark blue border defining the front two panels and the back panel.
The two front panels are the same. Each has a rectangle outlined in dark blue with a flower-like design above and below and three triangles to the lateral aspect. The rectangle contains two stacked diamonds in medium blue with red lines, flanked by white, with pink near the borders, and light green extending to the top and bottom.
The back of the vest has a stripe of decoration down the middle, flanked by a set of three crosses on either side, in dark blue and red. The center stripe is defined by a red zigzag with triangles and a thin dark blue stripe. The middle has two medium blue triangles outlined in red. The same design repeats above and below in a mirror image of stylized winged creatures, outlined in red, with wings of dark blue, yellow and medium blue, and a head of two green triangles.