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beaded bag with elk design
  • Flathead peoples
  • beaded bag with elk design, circa 1912
  • Where object was made: Flathead Indian Reservation, Montana, United States
  • buckskin, cloth, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 42.5 x 38 cm
    Object Height/Width: 16 3/4 x 14 15/16 in
  • Gift of Margaret E. Sharp
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2032
Label Text

The rectangular buckskin bag has green cloth edging. It consists of two panels stitched together. There are two narrow buckskin strips for handles. The front of the bag is completely covered with beadwork. It has a medium blue field and a black border. There is a brown elk in the center, with red antlers, black ears and hoofs, and a pink outline. He is sticking his tongue out. A translucent yellow stem connects the white flowers with red outlines and green leaves and yellow leaves with green outlines around the sides and bottom. The back is purple fabric that has faded to a blotchy pink with a grid pattern.