Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pipe bag
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • pipe bag, late 1800s–1928
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, quills, rawhide, pigment, metal, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 82 x 17 cm
    Object Length/Width: 32 1/4 x 6 11/16 in
  • William Bridges Thayer Memorial
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1910

The buckskin pipe bag has a lane stitched beaded panel and beaded strips on each side and around the opening. The buckskin has yellow pigment. The beaded strips up the side are white with eight pointed stars in green with a red center, and red with a blue and white center and the top star is dark blue with a white and red center. The band around the opening is white with stripes of dark blue and green. The quilled panel is red with faded rectangles of purple, green, and natural colors. There is buckskin fringe below the quilled panel.

The beaded decoration on side one consists of a white panel with concentric diamonds in the center in metal, yellow, red, green, white, and dark blue. There is a triangle above and below in metal, dark blue, yellow, green, white, and red. There is a small triangle on either side of the diamond in green, dark blue, yellow, and red. Green crosses decorate the negative space and there are green lines around the upper and lower triangles. Small red rectangles on both sides are outlined in green.

The beaded decoration on side two consists of a white field with two triangles, points together, in green and yellow, outlined in red. There are triangles above and below in metal, yellow, red, green, white, and dark blue. The two red crosses on each side have blue and white fill and red lines forming an hourglass shape around the triangles.