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skin embroidered shoulder bag
  • unknown Kalaallit (Greenland Inuit) maker
  • skin embroidered shoulder bag, mid-late 1800s
  • Where object was made: Greenland
  • sealskin, bone, ivory, dyeing, appliqué
  • Object Height/Width: a) 21.5 x 33 cm
    Object Height/Width: a) 8 7/16 x 13 in
  • Gift of Lewis Lindsay Dyche
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1673.a,b

The semicircular leather bag (2007.1673.a) has a handle (2007.1673.b) that was once attached to the top of the flap. The closure is an ivory toggle and a bone loop. The flap has three colors of leather as a base--a natural colored triangle, the band next to it is dyed pink, and the rounded edges are white. The single piece making up the sides and bottom of the bag are pink leather. The decorative skin embroidery on the front flap in pink, green, and white is a collection of crosses and chevrons and bands of checkerboard. The small design on the back is a cross of red and white chevrons, pieced together.