Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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strike-a-light bag
  • Kiowa peoples
  • strike-a-light bag, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: United States
  • leather, buckskin, metal, pigment, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 24 x 6 cm length does not include loop
    Object Length/Width: 9 7/16 x 2 3/8 in length does not include loop
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1950
Label Text

The small leather pouch has a flap, buckskin fringe at the bottom on either side of the flap, and a loop at the top. The buckskin fringes are decorated with yellow pigment. There is a silver colored metal disc on the flap, over a line of beading at the perimeter. The front beaded decoration is a medium blue field with two vertical lines of dark blue and yellow with six red triangles on either side. The back is undecorated except for a band of beading at the bottom, which is a field of medium blue, with blocks of dark blue, yellow, and red.