Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded coin purse
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • beaded coin purse, late 1800s–1993
  • Where object was made: United States
  • leather, metal, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 8 x 9 cm
    Object Length/Width: 3 1/8 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Alfred E. Johnson
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2026

The octagon shaped leather coin purse has a zipper closure. The beaded decoration on both sides is the same. It is a white field and black border with black triangles at the top and bottom edge. There are two black birds with yellow beaks and feet with a yellow zigzag behind each bird. There are crossed green arrows in the center. There are dark blue rectangles and green and red diamonds in a band at the bottom.