Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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painted bag
  • unknown Sioux maker
  • painted bag, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: United States
  • rawhide, buckskin, paint, quills, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 20 x 30 x 4.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 7 7/8 x 11 3/4 x 1 3/4 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1719

The rectangular bag has a semicircular flap on the long side. The sides are whipstitched with buckskin. Yellow quills are wrapped around two buckskin loops, one at the edge and one at the closure.

The painted design consists of four red triangles with blue borders on the flap following the edge. The front has a rectangular border of green-blue with three bands of decoration. Each band is a blue diamond, outlined with red and blue and flanked by triangles in the same coloration.

The back has a dark blue border with three vertical rectangles outlined in dark blue, each with three smaller rectangles in light green.