Pair of Moccasins
Arts of the Americas
Buffalo hide, beads, sinew, ribbon
late 18th or early 19th century (possibly)
3 x 2 7/8 x 8 in. (7.6 x 7.3 x 20.3 cm)
3 x 2 7/8 x 7 3/4 in. (7.6 x 7.3 x 19.7 cm) (show scale)
This item is not on view
Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks
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Northeast (unidentified) (Native American). Pair of Moccasins, late 18th or early 19th century (possibly). Buffalo hide, beads, sinew, ribbon, 3 x 2 7/8 x 8 in. (7.6 x 7.3 x 20.3 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Anonymous gift in memory of Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.201.323a-b. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 43.201.323a-b_acetate_bw.jpg)
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These hide moccasins are made identically to each other with a floral pattern on the vamp, sides and cuff. The hide cuff is sewn on and has a ribbon edging.
The beadwork contains rare solid gold or gold plated beads considered unique and used in the Southeast region which suggests the moccasins are Cherokee in origin. Some historians feel the use of these beads is linked to the 1829 Georgia Gold Rush era. See supplemental file in curator office.
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