Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cedar bark bag
  • unknown Northwest Coast maker
  • cedar bark bag, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States or British Columbia, Canada
  • cedar bark, plant fiber, weaving, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 42 x 44 x 19 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 16 9/16 x 17 5/16 x 7 1/2 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2166

Originally. this was a tall narrow rectangular bag woven of cedar bark. It is misshapen now. The flat bottom is woven of larger pieces of cedar. Smaller pieces are woven for the sides. Dark stripes result from a natural variation in fiber. There are two red bands near the rim which is wrapped with plant fiber. There are two short loop handles of twisted plant fiber, each on the long side, though one is broken.