Object photography

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Object description

  • Haudenosaunee artist
  • Pair of moccasins, early 19th century
  • Leather, porcupine quill, glass
  • Northeastern United States
  • H: 3 1/4 in, W: 3 1/4 in, D: 9 1/4 in (H: 8.3 cm, W: 8.3 cm, D: 23.5 cm)
  • Museum Purchase, 1927
  • E21451


This is a pair of moccasins made of soft tanned leather. There is a decorative pattern that varies over the vamps in orange, yellow and white (and some green) porcupine quills. The cuffs have red and black trade cloth, and are decorated with gray, black and blue glass beads in a double curve motifs and zigzag patterns. The cuffs are edged with white beads.

Exhibition History

  • Uncommon Legacies: Native American Art from the Peabody Essex Museum, Washington State Historical Society; October 11, 2005 through February 09, 2006
  • Intersections, Native American Art in a New Light, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA.; June 24, 2006 through November 27, 2011