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beaded bag
  • United States
  • beaded bag, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 59 x 15 cm
    Object Length/Width: 23 1/4 x 5 7/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1996

The rectangular beaded bag has a flap and long buckskin fringe with a buckskin loop at the top. It has lane stitched beading in pink, dark blue and yellow beads at the bottom edge of the flap. The panel is decorated in three vertical stripes. The side stripes are white with two dark blue rectangles, one green rectangle, and two pairs of dark red triangles. The middle stripe is light blue with two large dark blue triangles outlined in dark red, and a pink bar at the top. The beads extend to the top of the panel, and are covered by the closed flap. The back is decorated with a thin band of dark blue and yellow beads near the center and a band of dark blue and pink beads at the bottom edge.