Native American, Plains Indians, ca. late 19th to early 20th century CE. A sweet pair of beaded leather moccasins, lane-stitched with sinew and glass beads, each decorated with coppery brown, black, and white checkerboard pattern surrounding a central panel featuring two tripartite stylized motifs in cobalt blue and pearlescent grey against a white ground above, and another panel featuring a rainbow-like motif in cobalt blue, cherry red, tangerine yellow, and aqua with extensions of green and yellow above and below, also against a white ground, and a border surrounding the shoes with similar rainbow-colored motifs, both with rawhide soles, upper instep, tongue, and laces. Size: 9.875" L (25.1 cm)
Provenance: private Hawaii, USA collection; ex-private Richardson collection, East Coast, USA
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Expected age wear to the hide, more to the soles. Normal age wear to the green fabric trim. Small area of loss to beaded border of left shoe. Minor loss to laces, but much remains. Old inventory labels on soles.