Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pipe bag
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • pipe bag, late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Pine Ridge, South Dakota, United States
  • buckskin, quills, rawhide, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 82 x 18.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 32 1/4 x 7 1/4 in
  • Gift from the Harold Eicholtz Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1911

The buckskin pipe bag has a lane stitched beaded panel and beaded strips up either side and around the opening. The beaded strips are white with stripes of yellow, green, dark blue, and red. Remnants of beading around the open edge indicate the same design. The quilled panel is red with two green squares and yellow centers. There is buckskin fringe on the bottom.

The beaded decoration on side one is a white field with a green diamond in the center with a yellow cross and red center. There are two dark blue and yellow striped triangles above and below the diamond. The green triangles are outlined in red, with a red "T" at the point in each corner.

The beaded decoration on side two is a white field with a green square with a yellow diamond inside, with a red cross inside. There are concentric triangles above and below in red, yellow, and green. The green triangles in each corner have a red outline and red lines at all points.