Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • United States
  • pair of beaded moccasins, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, porcupine quills, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: a 9.5 x 10.5 x 28 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: a 3 3/4 x 4 1/8 x 11 in
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 11.5 x 10 x 27 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: b 4 1/2 x 3 7/8 x 10 5/8 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3812.a,b

The pair of buckskin moccasins has rawhide soles. They have buckskin fringe on the back seam and short fringe down the top front of the shoe. They have a band of beading under the ankle flaps that has white and dark blue triangles. The two strips of beading down the top front of the shoes and around the bottom has white triangles and dark blue triangles with two smaller yellow triangles in each blue one. There are remnants of red quilled "U" shapes between the beaded strips on one shoe and pairs of quilled red arrows on the other.