Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded walking stick
  • Plains peoples
  • beaded walking stick, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • wood, metal, cloth, beading
  • Object Length/Diameter: 94.5 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Width: 37 3/16 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1907
Description

The wooden walking stick has a metal tip that is probably a rifle casing. It is wrapped in cloth and a strand of beads. The lower 2/3 has a blue-green field with red crosses with a white center on the lower portion. The white crosses have a yellow center surrounded by red blocks on the upper portion. The top 1/3 has a field of colorless beads with yellow crosses and dark blue centers, surrounded by red blocks, and separated from each other by bands of yellow and dark blue. There is a red band and a light purple band, where the beads are strung differently, which have long beaded fringes in alternating dark blue/white and red/yellow.