Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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knife sheath
  • unknown Apsáalooke (Crow) maker
  • knife sheath, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, metal, plant fiber, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 48.5 x 7 cm
    Object Length/Width: 19 1/8 x 2 3/4 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1993

The buckskin knife sheath has a single beaded buckskin fringe and a buckskin handle with a bundle of plant fiber. The beaded decoration is lane stitched. The fringe is wrapped in bands of light blue, red and dark blue beads, and has three metal cones at the loose end.

The beaded decoration on the top of side one is a band of decoration with a dark blue cross with a yellow center. The field behind it is divided into quadrants, each with a color: medium blue, yellow, green and red. The panel below the top band has a field of light blue. There are two dark blue rectangles each with two pink triangles inside. A red cross with a yellow center sits next to each rectangle.

Beaded decoration on the top of side two is a band of decoration divided into quadrants of solid color: green, dark blue, yellow, red. The remaining panel has a band of pink around the edge, and the center is defined by a blade-shaped line of dark blue. Oblique dark blue lines separate the blocks of color: orange, light blue, green, pink, yellow.