Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded headband
  • United States
  • beaded headband, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cloth, synthetic buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 55 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width: 21 5/8 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0490
Description

The long strip of tan cloth is decorated with a loom beaded strip of beadwork. There is a single buckskin tie at each end. The edges not covered by the beaded strip are decorated with a light blue beaded edge.

The beaded strip has a white field with five repeats of a bowtie like decoration, in different colors and two repeats of a diamond design.

The bowtie at one end has yellow chevrons in the center, outlined in light blue, then brown then light blue. Orange and medium blue triangles fill the negative space above and below the bowtie.

The diamond is in light blue and medium blue, with a brown center.

The bowtie with light orange chevrons in the center is outlined with light blue, then brown on one side and dark red on the other, and light blue on the outermost. Orange and medium blue triangles fill the negative space above and below the bowtie.

The bowtie with light orange chevrons in the center is outlined with light blue, then orange, then light blue. Yellow and light blue triangles fill the negative space above and below the bowtie.

The bowtie with light orange chevrons in the center is outlined with light blue, dark red, then light blue. Orange and medium blue triangles fill the negative space above and below the bowtie.

The diamond is in light blue and medium blue, with a red center.

The bowtie with yellow chevrons is outlined with light blue, red, then light blue. Orange and medium blue triangles fill the negative space above and below the bowtie.