Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Cheyenne maker
  • pouch, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Great Plains
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 35.5 x 16 cm
    Object Length/Width: 14 x 6 1/4 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1418

The drawstring buckskin pouch has lane stitched beaded decoration and beaded fringe on the bottom. The top 1/3 is red, the middle 1/3 is white, and the bottom 1/3 is dark blue.

The front beaded decoration consists of a red diamond in the center, with a white border and then a green border. There are two leaf-like shapes on the side points of the diamond in colorless beads. At each corner of the pouch, there are flower-like shapes, also of colorless beads, with a green outline. The sides and bottom edge have a band of white and dark blue triangles.

The back beaded decoration consists of a center design in a sunburst pattern, in light blue, white, colorless, and red beads. The bottom and sides have a band of green, red, white, and colorless beads, in blocks of color.