Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded ornament
  • Plains peoples
  • beaded ornament, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • leather, felt, beads, cowrie shells, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 24.5 x 7.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 9 5/8 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0495

The beaded medallion has a red felt backing stitched to white leather backing with three long beaded fringes at the bottom.

The medallion has an iridescent pink field. The central design is a circle of white triangles, pointed inward, with a translucent red center. There is a band of dark blue triangles for each of the white triangles and a band of blue-green, dark blue and edged with pink.

There are three long beaded fringes of translucent purple faceted beads, with colorless faceted beads spaced every three beads. There is one off-white tube bead near the top of each fringe and a cowrie shell at the end.