Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • United States
  • staff, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • horse hair, bison fur, buckskin, sinew, pigment, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Diameter: 51 x 4.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 20 1/16 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1511

This is a beaded staff with a bulbous head. The head is covered in white beads with four dark blue crosses with yellow centers and a yellow and green square. The head is attached by a strip of red buckskin rather than continuous with the body of the wooden (?) shaft. There are two decorative buckskin flaps near the head outlined in light blue and red. The body of the shaft is covered with a continuous string of beads, resulting in bands of white, pink, dark blue, and yellow. There is a band of bison fur mid-shaft. The end of the shaft has two more yellow buckskin flaps, outlined in green and yellow or orange, and green and white, and a tuft of red horse hair.