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beaded belt
  • United States
  • beaded belt, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • lether, paint, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 91 x 8.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 35 13/16 x 3 3/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0499

This wide leather strip is painted red and folded over at the ends. There are two pairs of two holes at both ends, and a central hole at one end. It is decorated with a loom beaded strip. The strip has a white field, two repeats of an "X" pattern, and three repeats of a diamond pattern.

The "X" pattern has a light blue "X" in the center, with chevrons of red, yellow, medium blue, and red on the sides. There is a dark blue, white, red, dark blue, and a yellow triangle above and below. There are four dark green and orange bars in the negative space at either side.

The diamond pattern has two large diamonds flanking a small diamond. The small diamond is red, white, light green, dark green, yellow, and dark blue. The larger diamonds are dark green, orange, medium blue, red, white, light green, dark green, yellow, dark blue, with red only on the lateral sides. There are two small triangles at the top and bottom of the band in orange, light blue, red, and dark red.