Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pipe bag
  • United States
  • pipe bag, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, quills, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 80 x 17.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 31 1/2 x 6 7/8 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1908

The buckskin pipe bag has a lane stitched beaded panel with wide beaded strips up the side and around the opening. The stripes are white with green crosses flanked by two dark blue triangles on each side. There is a red square in each cross and triangle. The beadwork around the opening is mostly white, but there are stripes of red, dark blue, and yellow. The beaded panel has a white field with a rectangle in the middle with a yellow "X," two green triangles and two black triangles, each with a red square outlined in white. There are dark blue lines from the long sides and each corner of the rectangle. There is a relatively short undecorated quilled panel in red, a long buckskin fringe, and a long buckskin tie.