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rifle case
  • Dakelh (Carrier) peoples
  • rifle case, late 1800s–1950
  • Where object was made: British Columbia, Canada
  • buckskin, wool, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 114 x 22.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 44 7/8 x 8 7/8 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1309
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Description

The buckskin, possibly moose skin, rifle case has four bands of beaded wool which go around the case. The band at the open end is red wool, with a zigzagged edge, and a leaf pattern beaded in blue, green, brown, and black. The beading spills onto the plain buckskin below into a four petal flower of green, brown, and red, with a black outline. The next two bands of black have a flower and leaf design in red, pink, brown, green, and light blue. Each have a band of fringe on one side of the field. The band of wool at the closed end is sewn on a red band that acts as a zigzag shaped edge. The leaf design is beaded in red, green, brown, and yellow. The seamed end has two pieces of buckskin and a piece of black wool fabric sandwiched together, with a zigzagged edge and diamond cut outs.