Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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strike-a-light bag
  • unknown Cheyenne or Ka’igwu (Kiowa) maker
  • strike-a-light bag, late 1800s–1957
  • Where object was made: United States
  • leather, tin, buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 27.5 x 9.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 10 13/16 x 3 3/4 in
  • Gift of the Kansas City Museum by exchange
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1942
Label Text

The small leather trapezoidal bag has a flap and a buckskin tie closure. The flap is edged with a line of white lane-stitched beading with triangles in dark blue, red and medium blue and tin cones. The front beaded panel has a white field and a red rectangle, outlined in light blue, inside a stepped triangle of dark blue. The bottom edge has triangles in red, light blue and medium blue. There are two twisted buckskin ties at each corner, with red round beads. The back has a short white lane-stitched beaded panel. The bottom has chevrons in red, light blue and dark blue, with a dark blue line going vertically. There is a small buckskin loop at the top.

It was intended to be worn on a belt.