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birch bark handbag
  • unknown Ojibwe (Ojibwa) or Ottawa maker
  • birch bark handbag, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: United States or Canada
  • birch bark, grass, quills, braiding, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Length: 11 x 9.5 x 16 cm
    Object Height/Width/Length: 4 5/16 x 3 3/4 x 6 1/4 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2108

The rectangular handbag has rounded bottom corners, and narrows at the top. It was constructed with a front and back from a single piece wrapped around three sides, and a lid. Each piece is edged with a bundle of grass, bound with dark string. The strap of braided grass has a figure eight at each end. All surfaces, except the surface of the bottom, are decorated with white daisy-like flowers with yellow centers and green stems and leaves of dyed quills.