Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bandolier bag
  • unknown Ojibwe (Ojibwa) maker
  • bandolier bag, late 1800s–1950
  • Where object was made: Minnesota, United States or Canada
  • velvet, wool, cotton, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 109 x 38 cm
    Object Height/Width: 42 7/8 x 14 15/16 in
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1410

The bandolier bag has a beaded strap with two beaded panels on the bag. The strap has green cotton banding, a field of colorless beads, and a floral design. The leaves are two colors of green, and the flowers are two-toned as well, in pink, yellow, blue, and red. The winding stem is dark blue. The bag is divided into a smaller top panel, and a larger bottom panel, both banded with green cotton. The top panel has a field of black velvet, with a floral design. There are three green leaves, and the stems are clear beads. The flowers are: two-toned yellow, two-toned red, two toned blue, and another of pink, red, and light blue with an orange center. Three borders have a zigzag of colorless beads. The bottom panel has a very large field of white beads, with a band of black velvet around three sides. The velvet has a thick zigzag of white beads and a smaller band of light blue beads. The floral design on the white field has three green leaves, with contrasting veins, and two-toned flowers in pink, yellow, and blue. The stem is dark blue. The bottom of the bag has a looped beaded fringe in red and green. The undecorated back of the bag is off-white cotton.