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    Pair of Moccasins

    • Cultures: Sioux, Native American; Probably Yanktonai, Nakota, Sioux, Native American
    • Medium: Hide, beads, bird quills, porcupine quills, tin, deer hair, sinew, pigment
    • Place Collected: Fort Snelling, Minnesota, United States
    • Dates: early 19th century
    • Dimensions: 4 x 5 x 11 in. (10.2 x 12.7 x 27.9 cm)  (show scale)
    • Collections:Arts of the Americas
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Exhibitions:
    • Accession Number: 50.67.23a-b
    • Credit Line: Henry L. Batterman Fund and Frank Sherman Benson Fund
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Sioux (Native American). Pair of Moccasins, early 19th century. Hide, beads, bird quills, porcupine quills, tin, deer hair, sinew, pigment, 4 x 5 x 11 in. (10.2 x 12.7 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.23a-b. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: 3/4 front, 50.67.23a-b_three_quarter_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2009
    • Catalogue Description: Constructed from a single piece of recycled buffalo hide, formerly painted, these side seam moccasins retain some of the design known as "box and border," in particular one of the terminal parts of the "box" pattern on the painted soles. The painting may have been scraped off the piece of the skin that forms the upper section. The decoration of the vamp is primarily bird quills. These "U" shaped sections of the moccasins are made up of concentric parallel lines. The bottom of the "U", nearer the toe, is composed of three yellow bands, alternating with orange. The upper part of the"U" is physically continuous with this, but is delineated by an abrupt change in color. Alternating rectangles of brown and blue make up the parallel, shorter bands in this section. Thin rows of yellow, orange, and black porcupine quill cover the side seam. Blue pony beads adorn the edge of the tongue and cuff. The laces are ornamented at the tips with tin cones stuffed with red deer hair. All the sewing is done with sinew. See Jarvis supplemental file in Arts of Americas' office.
    • Record Completeness: Good (77%)
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    Recent Comments
    17:19 12/20/2010
    Accession Number: 50.67.23a-b
    Side seam moccasins made from a recycled "box & border bison robe. May have have wool intact at first since the epidermis is still intact on the inside of the moccasins.

    Would it be possible to have a color image of the bottoms of both mocs and a view of the rear seam?
    By Billy Maxwell
    17:33 12/20/2010
    Dear Mr. Marshall,

    Unfortunately we will not be able to take photographs as you have requested of those particular views.If there is a particular aspect you would like us to review for you we are happy to do so.
    By SKZeller
    15:45 12/21/2010
    Hi Billy,
    I'm casting around to see if we have any other existing photography -- I'll be in touch via email about what I find. These mocassins are in an upcoming show, so they're not available for a new shoot at the moment. You'll be able to see them in person if you come to Tipi: Heritage of the Great Plains, opening in February (
    Deb Wythe
    Digital Lab
    18:12 12/21/2010
    Billy - The moccasins do indeed have remnants of fur on the recycled bison robe portion of the footwear. The exterior of the moccasin appears to be the flesh side. Hope you are able to come and see the exhibition.
    Lisa Bruno Objects Conservator
    By Lisas Bruno
    19:00 12/21/2010
    I would be a wonderful twist in your exhibit to
    digitally layout the known box and border and
    speculate the rest of the robe based on the usual layouts. I thank you all and all the members of PlainsIndianSeminartwo (YahooGroups) look forward to your exhibit!

    Is the brown plant or dyed quills?
    By Billy Maxwell
    19:12 12/21/2010
    The brown is quill. I think you will like the exhibit.
    By Lisa Bruno
    20:03 12/21/2010
    Hi Billy --
    Check your inbox. Pictures on the way!
    Deb Wythe

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