Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded strip from a courting blanket
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • beaded strip from a courting blanket, late 1800s–1993
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, silk ribbons, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 167.5 x 11 cm
    Object Length/Width: 65 15/16 x 4 5/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1536

The long buckskin strip has lane stitched beading. It has a white field with four circles which alternate with five hourglass shapes. The circles have a dark blue cross and are divided into wedges of pink, red, blue, and green. The hourglass shapes are half red and half green and outlined in dark blue. There is a dark blue line at either end of the strip. There were once green, pink, red, and dark yellow silk ribbons at the center of the circles.