Object photography

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Object description

  • Inunaina (Arapaho) artist
  • Sheath, before 1887
  • Leather, glass, pigment
  • Great Plains, United States
  • H: 10 in, W: 3 3/4 in, D: 1/2 in (H: 25.4 cm, W: 9.5 cm, D: 1.3 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 1887
  • E1884


This is a knife sheath made out of brain tanned leather. The object is beaded on one side only. The opening at the top of the sheath is decorated with a design in blue, white, yellow, and black glass beads consisting of a rectangle with a diamond in center. There are beads in narrow rows along the side. There is a hole in the side for a belt to go through. A narrow line of red pigment crosses the bottom of the sheath.