Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • unknown Sioux maker
  • pair of beaded moccasins, early-mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: each 10 x 12 x 23 cm width of ankle flaps
    Object Height/Width/Length: each 3 7/8 x 4 3/4 x 9 1/16 in width of ankle flap
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • On view: Stewart Gallery, 406, C3
  • 2007.2314.a,b
Label Text

The pair of moccasins have buckskin uppers and rawhide soles. The tops are fully beaded, except for a flap at the front of the ankle. There is lane stitching on a white field. There are three designs: five repeats of a red six pointed flower or star, on one the instep, four on the ankle flaps, four dark green splayed eagles, each with a shield shape on the belly in red and white stripes with a solid dark blue field at the top, two birds on each side of the shoe, a red diamond outline with a triangle at each point and dark green accents. One on the toe, and one between the birds on each side of the foot.

There is picot edging in red and clear beads around the opening and at the bottom of the undecorated flap. The buckskin tie from each side threads through the tongue-like flap to tie.