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strike-a-light bag
  • unknown Ka’igwu (Kiowa) maker
  • strike-a-light bag, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • leather, buckskin, metal, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 33 x 11 cm length includes beaded loop and long fringe
    Object Length/Width: 13 x 4 5/16 in length includes beaded loop and long fringe
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1953

The rectangular leather pouch has a flap, tin cones on the perimeter of the flap and bottom, and long buckskin fringe on the bottom corners with larger light blue beads and cones placed lower than fringe. The loop at the top has larger light blue beads.
The beaded decoration on the front has a medium blue field and white edges. Two red triangles are outlined in white, pointing up and down. The back is undecorated except for a band of light blue at the bottom with dark blue diamond outlines.

It was intended to be worn on a belt.