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strike-a-light bag
  • United States
  • strike-a-light bag, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, metal, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 15 x 6.5 cm length includes fringe but not loop
    Object Length/Width: 5 7/8 x 2 1/2 in length includes fringe but not loop
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1958

The small rectangular buckskin pouch has a flap and a buckskin loop at the top. Red beads decorate the edge of the flap. The beaded decoration on the front is four bands of triangles: pink and tan, white and black, black and tan, pink and tan, and another band of black and white stripes. There is a fringe of tin cones and two long fringes with two cones on each. There is a small metal button to close the flap. The back has bands of black and white stripes on the sides and bottom. There is a rectangle made of a green triangle and black and dark blue triangle above the bottom band. The center is undecorated.