Pair of moccasins

Native American, Mic Mac
Mid-19th Century


Length: 20.3 cm (8 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Thread and horsehair-sewn glass beads on smoked tanned commercial hide, red wool, glazed cotton chintz, printed cotton, pink silk, blue silk

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Americas, Textiles and Fashion Arts



Smoked tanned leather soles and double vamps, leather covered with red wool backed with glazed cotton chintz. The upper vamp of red wool is decorated with double-curved beadwork strung on horsehair, over sewn with cotton thread. The red wool cuffs are baked with printed cotton and lined with pink silk. The ties are of blue silk. Curvilinear beaded elements on cuffs, floral/vegetal elements on vamp, puckered seams.


Sold from a private collection to John Molloy Gallery, New York; December 6, 1993, sold by Molloy Gallery to James Frank, LaJolla, CA; consigned by Frank to Molloy Gallery; 2013, sold by Molloy Gallery to the MFA. (Accession Date: June 26, 2013)

Credit Line

Partial gift of James Frank and the Frank B. Bemis Fund and Hilsinger Janson Fund for Native American Art