Date: Last half 19th Century
Media: Buffalo hide, pigments
Dimensions: 10″ long, 4″ wide, 8″ tall
Description: This is a rare pair of Hopi dance moccasins. The use of buffalo hide, natural pigments and the wear all suggest a date in the last half of the 19th century. There is evidence of copper based blue paint, with most rubbed off except in the cracks and under the front tongue. The mix of the two colors, red and yellow, go beautifully together, especially set against the aged, adjacent hide. The soles show wonderful wear, with dominant pressure seen on the right foot, likely where the dance tapped the most. The left moccasin has red, hide fringe hanging down from the cuff.
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Condition: Condition is original with no restoration.
Provenance: From a private collection in Ohio.