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pipe bag
  • unknown Plains maker
  • pipe bag, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Great Plains
  • buckskin, beads, sinew, pigment
  • Object Length/Width: 66 x 17.5 cm length includes fringe
    Object Length/Width: 26 x 6 7/8 in length includes fringe
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1276

The yellow buckskin pipe bag has lane stitching around the open end. There is a wide band of yellow flanked by a thin band of red, a thick band of green and a thin band of red on each side and the remainder of the opening is white. There is white lane stitiching down the side with a dark blue square, which has a red line on either side of it and inside the square. The lower portion of the bag is beaded with a field of white, with two rows of three green triangles outlined in red, then dark blue. There are four pairs of yellow triangles outlined in dark blue in the middle, and one at the tip of the middle green triangle on either side. The other side has the same design, but they are pairs of green triangles outlined in red running down the middle and at the tip of the middle green triangle. Yellow buckskin fringe is attached on the bottom edge.