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Edgar Heap of Birds, Spring 2013

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Sioux Artist



Moccasins, n.d.
Beads on leather
10 1/4 x 3 5/8 x 3 in. (26.04 x 9.21 x 7.62 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2058a,b
Buckskin moccasins with stiff soles and completely beaded uppers. Elliptical green section with a central blue bar. Step-pyramids on the blue border. Cloth lining and split, partially beaded flap.

Materials
glass beads and leather

Commentary
Women developed designs specifically for moccasins to accommodate the characteristic shape and limited surface area available for decoration. These two pairs of moccasins feature ornamental borders that follow the seam connecting the upper to the seprate stiff sole. The form in the central area--two sheath-shaped areas seprated by a bar--is known as the "buffalo hoof" pattern becasue it echoes a bison hoof print. The beadwork on both pairs shows multicolored step pyramids and other geometric patterns, which were prevalent before the turn of the century. White was commonly used as a background color, as seen in one of these pairs of moccasins, and green was often used to fill the "buffalo hoof," as seeon in the other pair. Both pairs feautre at least two different shades of blue, reflecting the importance of blues of all hues.

Dimensions
1: 10 1/4 x 3 5/8 x 3
2: 10 1/4 x 3 5/8 x 3 1/4

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