Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded bag
  • unknown Ka’igwu (Kiowa) maker
  • beaded bag, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Southwestern United States
  • leather, buckskin, tin, pigment, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 26 x 12.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 10 1/4 x 4 7/8 in
  • Gift from the Harold Eicholtz Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1433
Label Text

The rectangular leather bag has a semicircular flap. There is a buckskin loop at the top to attach to one's person. Beaded decoration is all done with lane stitching. The flap has a band of red and white beads and a fringe of tinklers attached with buckskin. The panel on the bag has a field of medium blue with a checkerboard diamond of white, red, and dark blue. There is a band above the diamond of red and white triangles. There is a fringe of tinklers on the buckskin on the bottom seam. Each corner has two buckskin tassels, with red pigment, and beaded decoration in medium blue and white.