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Pair of Moccasins

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Hide, beads
DATES early 20th century
DIMENSIONS Each: 10 13/16 x 4 5/16 in. (27.5 x 11 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
ACCESSION NUMBER 11.694.9035a-b
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1911, Museum Collection Fund
CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Pair of moccasins covered with beaded blue and red thunderbird (Swallow-tailed Kite?) designs on a white ground. According to Sean Standing Bear (Osage) 10/20/2000, a non-Osage person might have made these because the birds are positioned upside down. Osage design dictates that the birds would point skywards.
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CAPTION Osage. Pair of Moccasins, early 20th century. Hide, beads, Each: 10 13/16 x 4 5/16 in. (27.5 x 11 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1911, Museum Collection Fund, 11.694.9035a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 11.694.9035a-b_PS2.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 11.694.9035a-b_PS2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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