Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of beaded moccasins
  • unknown Sioux maker
  • pair of beaded moccasins, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, pigment, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Length: each 7 x 11 x 23 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: each 2 3/4 x 4 5/16 x 9 1/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1809.a,b

The buckskin moccasins have undecorated flaps around the ankles and a rawhide sole. They are lane stitched. There is a light blue band around the entire shoe, a band of white around the bottom edge, and a white "U" shaped field with a red cross. The cross has a yellow center and four dark blue triangles in the negative space around it.The white band around the bottom has stepped triangles in red, yellow, and dark blue.

Red, blue, and yellow pigment forms a geometric design on the inside of the soles.