Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of girl's leggings
  • Pawnee peoples
  • pair of girl's leggings, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Plains, United States
  • leather, beading
  • Object Height/Width: a) 33 x 22 cm
    Object Height/Width: a) 13 x 8 11/16 in
    Object Height/Width: b) 31.5 x 22 cm
    Object Height/Width: b) 12 3/8 x 8 11/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0435.a,b

These short leather leggings are meant to cover from knee to ankle. The lateral edge has a short fringe from top to bottom and there is a seam on the medial edge. There is a long leather tie on the top edge.

There is a loom beaded strip on the lateral front edge of both. The beaded strip has a red field. There are two repeats of the same design on each strip: a diamond with a light blue center, a medium blue band and a dark blue outline. There is a long narrow rectangle with points on either end stretching vertically from point to point in white, black, and yellow. There is a series of seven small rectangles in black and white above and below the diamond, each with light blue lines.