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, cloth, metal, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 86 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 33 7/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0530
Description
Inscriptions/Signature

The narrow brown leather belt has a goldtone buckle decorated with a loom beaded strip of beadwork.

The beaded strip has a light blue field. The center design is a diamond with flanking chevrons. The colors from the center are: red, white, black, brown, a long horizontal bar of dark blue with a thin white line, then white, yellow, orange, red, dark red, brown, and white.

The lateral design consists of a diamond design that tapers to long narrow points. The colors from the center are: a thin black vertical line, light blue, medium blue, and dark blue in a white diamond outline. The fill colors from the outer diamond are: yellow, red, dark red, brown, dark red, orange, yellow, white, with dark blue, and medium blue defining the overall diamond.

The beaded strip is on a leather belt loop. There is a light blue field with the same diamond from the lateral design, without the extensions.