Eastern, Sioux. <em>Pair of Puckered Moccasins</em>, 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 50.67.20a-b_SL1.jpg)

Pair of Puckered Moccasins

Artist:Eastern, Sioux

Medium: Smoked buckskin, deer skin, deer hair, porcupine quills, copper

Geograhical Locations:

Dates:early 19th century

Dimensions: 4 x 11 in. (10.2 x 27.9 cm)


Museum Location: American Art Galleries, 5th Floor, Visions and Myths of a Nation, 1800–1890


Accession Number: 50.67.20a-b

Image: 50.67.20a-b_SL1.jpg,

Catalogue Description:
Pair of moccasins 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 moccasins 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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