Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded belt
  • United States
  • beaded belt, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • leather, metal, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 107.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 42 5/16 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0487

The narrow brown leather belt has a goldtone buckle, embellished with a loom beaded strip. The beaded strip has a white field, a diamond pattern in the center and the ends have the same design: a blue diamond in the center, flanked by sideways "M's."

The center design has a pink, red, and brown center diamond that expands with color gradations: white, yellow, orange, red, dark red, black, white, pink, dark pink, black, dark blue, medium blue, and light blue.

The lateral designs have a center diamond in dark blue, medium blue, and light blue. The flanking design's color grades as follows: pink, dark pink, brown, orange, yellow, white, light blue-green, light blue, medium blue, dark blue, pink, dark pink, and brown.

It has a leather belt loop with an nteruption in the beaded strip to accomodate the holes in the belt.