Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of instep decorations
  • Laguna peoples
  • pair of instep decorations, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • leather, buckskin, beading
  • Object Height/Width: each 9.5 x 9 cm
    Object Height/Width: each 3 3/4 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0488.a,b

This is a pair of loom beaded decorations to be worn on the instep of a shoe. They have dark brown leather backing with buckskin ties. The overall shape is square with a stepped triangle removed from the bottom. They are outlined in black with a medium blue field. They have a large red color block of diamonds, with symmetrically placed medium blue triangles. There is a thick white vertical line down the center with a black detail.