Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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seal fur handbag
  • United States
  • seal fur handbag, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: United States
  • seal fur, wool, cotton, shell, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 30 x 16.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 11 3/4 x 6 1/2 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2004

The square envelope-like purse is made of seal fur. It is edged in black cotton with pink beads. The flap is beaded in a floral pattern with red wool as the interior of three flowers, outlined in white or green, with pink stems. It has a shell button and a black string closure. The beaded strap has a black line down the middle and is clear on either side. The strap is broken. The bag is lined in natural colored wool cloth. The back is undecorated.