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seal gut bag
  • Yup'ik peoples
  • seal gut bag, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Alaska, United States
  • seal intestine, wool, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 33 x 33.5 cm height does not include handle
    Object Height/Width: 13 x 13 3/16 in height does not include handle
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1671

The flat bag of seal gut has decorative tufts of red and black wool. The top of the bag has a strip of red wool, possibly from a blanket, with a strip of black cotton edging. The band is lined with red, white, and black cotton print. The bag itself is lined with white and black plaid cotton.

The edges of the band are beaded, the top in yellow and white, the bottom border in green and white. The spot stitch beaded decoration on the wool is a yellow and green flower, with yellow zigzags and blue and white leaf-like shapes. There is a light blue zigzag. Both sides are beaded.

It has a twisted black and yellow yarn handle which is broken in two pieces.