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seal fur handbag
  • Canadian Inuit peoples
  • seal fur handbag, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Canada
  • seal fur, cotton, wool, metal, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 13.5 x 14 cm
    Object Height/Width: 5 5/16 x 5 1/2 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2022.a,b

The small square seal fur handbag has four flaps, folded in, like an envelope, and a short strap with snaps to fasten to the side flaps. The top flap folds down. There is black cotton edging on each flap (and strap for snaps) with white beads. There is a beaded flower on the top flap in faded red wool with a medium blue bead outline and metallic black beads in the center with white detail. There is a faded red wool leaf on each bottom corner with medium blue and metallic black beads. There is a snap closure for the top flap. The thin strap has broken off.

It is lined with pink wool inside. The red wool trim is visible when the top flap is lifted.