Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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dispatch case
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • dispatch case, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Great Plains
  • leather, buckskin, metal, clay, wood, beading, carving
  • Object Length/Width: 41 x 20 cm length does not include handle
    Object Length/Width: 16 1/8 x 7 7/8 in length does not include handle
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2028

The rectangular leather bag has leather fringe at the bottom edge and a flap. It is decorated with lane stitched beading. The flap and bag front have a white field. The flap has three red, yellow and green triangles on the perimeter and a cluster of three red, yellow and dark blue triangles in the center. The bag has small red and blue alternating triangles around the edges of the field. There are four pairs of green triangles with red/yellow squares inside. The yellow diamond in the center has a red cross in the middle and a green outline. There is a cluster of three red and yellow triangles, outlined in green, above and below the yellow diamond.

The back of the bag is undecorated except for a buckskin handle (which is broken) with a white field and dark green stripes and crosses, and a few other buckskin strips with larger clay or wood beads tied on.