Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded drawstring pouch
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • beaded drawstring pouch, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 18 x 14 cm
    Object Length/Width: 7 1/16 x 5 1/2 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1435

The small, oblong buckskin pouch has fringe and a drawstring top. The beaded decoration is lane-stitched.
One side has a cross with a dark blue center, blue-green and red arms. Three oblique rectangle shapes are at the end of three arms: dark blue and green on the side arms and black and light red at the bottom arm. There is an interrupted single line of black and white beads following the seam.
The other side has two dark green horizontal oblique rectangles in the middle, and three at the bottom. It has two black vertical oblique rectangles flanking the central rectangles. Red and white oblique rectangles ring the perimeter and make a large vertical rectangle around the green and black decoration.