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Plains Tribe Artist

Knife Case, n.d.
Leather and beads
12 3/16 x 2 7/16 in. (30.96 x 6.19 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P0014
Flat, elongated triangular bag of buckskin with flap closing and thong handle. Light blue beaded edging on flap. One side with blue and white irregular rectangles and triangles.

glass beads and leather

Beaded knife sheaths were common among Native Americans. This Apache case might appear to hold a large knife but in actuality, a blade cannot be inserted beyond a couple of inches. The flap secured the knife in the case. Apache beadworkers employed the lane or lazy stitch technique in decorating accessories such as pouches, sheaths, and hats. Linear patterning with alternating colors, as seen here, was a frequenly used design by Apache artists.

Kathleen Howe, Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice (Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2013), 16 illustrated/color.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 12 3/16 x 2 7/16 in. (30.96 x 6.19 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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  • Nuance of Sky. Nuance of Sky Pomona College Museum of Art. Claremont, 2013
    Page Number: 16

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