Object photography

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Object description

  • Great Lakes artist
  • Pair of moccasins, early 19th century
  • Leather, porcupine quill, silk, dye
  • Great Lakes, North America
  • L: 10 1/4 in, W: 3 3/4 in, D: 2 in (L: 26.0 cm, W: 9.5 cm, D: 5.1 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 1911
  • E14566


This is a pair of moccasins, the soles of which are much worn. The cuffs and toes are heavily embroidered with a lozenge / diamond-like design in flattened quills of red and blue in two shades each. It appears that at one point each cuff was also edged with a strip of red silk along the outer border of the quill pattern. A few white beads remain as well, indicating a possible border of white beads following the cuff and cloth edge. The cuffs used to have an edging of red fabric (likely silk).

Exhibition History

  • Gifts of the Spirit: Works by Nineteenth-Century & Contemporary Native American Artists, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; November 14, 1996 through May 18, 1997