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small bag
  • Sotho or Xhosa peoples
  • small bag, late 1800s–1965
  • Where object was made: Transkei, Union of South Africa (present-day South Africa)
  • cotton, yarn, cord, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 71 x 17 cm
    Object Length/Width: 27 15/16 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift of Anne Hart
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3276

The rectangular bag has a short handle on the narrow end. It is unbleached cotton and has two decorative flaps, one on either side of the opening, but neither covers it. It has a short black and unbleached handle. There is black edging along the sides of the bag and flaps and narrow black stripes at the edge of the flaps and midway down the back. There is a narrow wavy black line under the black stripes on the bag. Beaded stripes in dark blue and white, solid dark blue and pink occupy the space below the black cloth stripes. The short beaded fringe is in the same colors.

There are clusters of four unbleached cords on either side of the opening with pink and dark blue yarn tassels at the end. The cords are held together at the top, bottom and middle with beaded strips. The strip near the bag is dark blue and white, the middle strip is dark blue and white with a band of translucent yellow in the middle and the strip near the tassel is dark blue, white and pink with short fringes around the tassel.