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pipe bag
  • Plains peoples
  • pipe bag, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, beads, tin, feathers, sinew, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 101 x 17 cm length includes fringe
    Object Length/Width: 39 3/4 x 6 11/16 in length includes fringe
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1275
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Description

The buckskin pipe bag has lane stitched beads around the opening in white with two bands of green, flanked by white, red, and dark blue. The lane stitching continues down either side with the same pattern. The lower portion of the bag is lane stitched on both sides with a field of white. One side has two green diamonds outlined in dark blue with a red cross in the center of each and a yellow square at the cross. There are two trident-like designs with red forks and dark blue handles between the diamonds. There are three long, narrow buckskin triangles attached to the bottom edge of the beading. These triangles are each beaded in the same design: three red crosses in the interior, and the outside has a band of dark blue and white oblique stripes and the edge has a single strand of green beads.

On the other side of the bag, the white field has four green triangles, pointing down, long sides edged in red, over the top of four green triangles pointing up, with the long sides edged in red. There are three sets of two dark blue squares. The leather triangles below the beaded field have five dark blue crosses with red squares in the center for the lateral triangles. The center triangle has a band of dark blue with red and white squares on the long edges and three green crosses in the top center with red centers.

The tin cones, which formerly held red feathers, are stitched on the edges. The tip of the triangles have a strip of buckskin where more buckskin is attached as fringe.