Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Cheyenne maker
  • saddlebag, late 1800s–1950
  • Where object was made: United States
  • rawhide, buckskin, wool, cotton, pigment, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 81 x 131 cm height includes loop and ties
    Object Height/Width: 31 7/8 x 51 9/16 in height includes loop and ties
  • Gift from the estate of Gertrude W. Green
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1720

The square rawhide saddle bag has a semicircular flap with two buckskin ties for closing. The flap and side seams have a strip of red wool stitched on with a strip of buckskin. There is short fringe on the edge of the flap. The buckskin loop attaches it to a horse.

The painted decoration on the front consists of a green outline and two sets of two dark blue vertical lines with one green rectangle per set. Either side of each set has a red and yellow triangle. The color blocks are outlined with dark blue.

There is a green outline on the back and an old rawhide patch.

Long buckskin fringe attaches at the seamed edges. The buckskin ties have blue and red wool strips stitched at the loose ends.