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, paint, 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
  • 2007.2027

The octagon shaped leather coin purse has a zipper closure. There is blue paint on the zipper. The beaded decoration is the same on both sides. It has a medium blue field with two white birds with yellow beaks and feet and green zigzags behind the birds. There are white triangles at the top and bottom and red arrows crossed in the middle. There are red rectangles and green and white diamonds near the bottom.