Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Africa
  • pouch, late 1800s–2007
  • Where object was made: Northern Africa
  • leather, plant fiber, pigment, embossing, braiding
  • Object Length/Width: 49 x 10 cm
    Object Length/Width: 19 1/4 x 3 7/8 in
  • Source unknown
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0310

This is a long cylindrical pouch with a strap. Most of the pouch is a light-colored leather. The decorated band around the bottom is a medium brown, decorated with two checkerboard panels in medium and dark brown and a dark brown "X" with light chevrons created by taking away the top surface of the leather. A leather strip extends to the top of the bag, decorated with incised cross hatch marks and the edges are dark brown. A band of medium brown leather with a decorative "X" stitched on it and whipstitched edges appears to slide down over the slit opening. The strap consists of two strings covered in braided leather joined to the top of the bag with a column of braided dark leather and light plant fiber and to the other end with a leather button fed through a loop. There are two original patches; one near the handle attachment at the bottom and one about halfway from the top.