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Pair of Puckered Moccasins

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Smoked buckskin, deer skin, deer hair, porcupine quills, copper
DATES early 19th century
DIMENSIONS 4 x 11 in. (10.2 x 27.9 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
CREDIT LINE Henry L. Batterman Fund and Frank Sherman Benson Fund
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CAPTION Eastern, Sioux (Native American). Pair of Puckered Moccasins, early 19th century. Smoked buckskin, deer skin, deer hair, porcupine quills, copper, 4 x 11 in. (10.2 x 27.9 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Henry L. Batterman Fund and Frank Sherman Benson Fund, 50.67.20a-b. Creative Commons-BY
IMAGE overall, 50.67.20a-b_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The mocassins are constructed with smoked buckskin that is gathered into a series of small folds or "puckers" by seams running from the area above the toes to the area below the ankle. The seams are decorated by quillwork made up of orange lines and centered white and dark purple triangles crossed by a series of four additional linear designs. The seams of the heel are decorated in simple configured quillwork bands of white, light blue, and dark purple crosses. Cuffs are added onto the mocassins as separate semi-circular pieces of deerskin with quilled borders containing an undulating dark purple band and several straight lines. Metal cones, stuffed with dyed red deer hair are suspended from the edges of the cuffs.
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