Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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knife sheath
  • unknown Hinono’eino (Arapaho) maker
  • knife sheath, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: United States
  • rawhide, tin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 44 x 7 cm length does not include strap
    Object Length/Width: 17 5/16 x 2 3/4 in length does not include strap
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1439

The rawhide knife sheath has a single beaded fringe. The beaded decoration is lane stitched. The fringe is light blue, dark blue, yellow, red, and green with a single tinkler at the end. There is a band of dark blue around the opening and the seam of the sheath. A single strand of twisted buckskin forms a strap at the open end.
The front of the knife sheath has the top 1/3 of the field occupied with a yellow field, and two hourglass shaped designs in green and red, outlined in dark blue with a dark blue bar in the middle of each. The bottom 2/3 are concentric lines, reflecting the shape of the object. The center is dark blue, then yellow, then a band of red and green triangles and the outermost line is yellow.
The back of the knife sheath is primarily light blue. The top 1/3 has the same hourglass design, but in a field of light blue, and hourglasses of yellow and dark blue, outlined in red. The bottom 2/3 have the same hourglass designs, turned horizontally, in the same colors, and there are three small red triangles at the bottom.