Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded bag
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • beaded bag, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, cloth, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 32 x 34 cm height includes tabs at top
    Object Height/Width: 12 5/8 x 13 3/8 in height includes tabs at top
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2039

The trapezoid shaped buckskin bag has a buckskin colored flannel lining. The two small flaps at the top have buttonhole-like slits. There is fringe on the bottom edge. There is a line of beads on the vertical sides in dark blue, light blue, and red. There is a wide column of light blue beads in the center with red and yellow stripes and dark blue leaves with tulip-like flowers on either side. The facing left is red and green with light blue, red and white leaves. There are two clusters of red and green leaf-like shapes above.The facing right flower is a medium blue and red flower with yellow/red and dark blue leaves. There are two light blue stars above with dark blue centers.
The top of the bag has three medium blue, dark blue, and red flowers, one green, white, and red flower and one dark blue, medium blue, and green flower.

The back is undecorated, but it does have a large rectangle cut out of the top, leaving only a narrow strip of buckskin at the top.