Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded cuffs
  • Ada Bosin
    active: United States
  • pair of beaded cuffs, late 1800s–1980
  • cloth, buckskin, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 17.5 x 43 cm
    Object Height/Width: 6 7/8 x 16 7/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0486.a,b

The pair of trapezoid shaped cuffs are tied onto the wrists with two thin buckskin ties. Each cuff is backed with purple cloth. The beaded panel has a white field and one large diamond in the center. There is a small red diamond, outlined with black, medium blue (white lines at the lateral ends), brown, pink, thicker dark blue outline, then a medium blue diamond with a sawtooth edge. There is a white, yellow, orange, dark orange, red, dark red with a split point at lateral ends, and a brown edge. It has beaded fringe on the angled sides of the trapezoid. The fringe is white, medium blue, dark blue, and black with a red tip.