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Pair of Moccasins

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Hide, beads, felt
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES early 20th century
    DIMENSIONS 5 1/2 x 2 3/8 in. (14 x 6 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 43.201.73a-b
    CREDIT LINE Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Arapaho (Native American). Pair of Moccasins, early 20th century. Hide, beads, felt, 5 1/2 x 2 3/8 in. (14 x 6 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.73a-b. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE front, CUR.43.201.73a-b_view1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION These might be northern Cheyenne as the extra tall ankle pieces may be a version used by a northern artist. These baby’s moccasins have the tipi door design but there is no extra beaded strip across the vamp and heel that would usually be found on Cheyenne moccasins. The pointed toe is also an earlier fashion of northern Cheyenne but they could also be Northern Arapaho. They have parfleche bottoms as remants of the painted design remain. Quite a lot of the green fringe cloth is missing from around the ankle.
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    Pair of Moccasins