Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded bag
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • beaded bag, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: United States
  • rawhide, buckskin, metal, horse hair, sinew, pigment, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 25 x 28 cm
    Object Height/Width: 9 13/16 x 11 in
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1925

The rectangular bag has a flap and a buckskin tie closure. The front and flap are beaded and the back is undecorated with two buckskin strips. There is a metal tin cone on a buckskin tie with a tuft of horse hair.

The beaded decoration consists of a light blue lane stitched field with a red line on either side of the front. There is a dark blue rectangle outline with two yellow triangles inside, red bars on either end, and red chevrons filled with a yellow diamond and two green triangles. The top and bottom borders each have two yellow triangles, next to a red triangle, with a green band and dark blue band. The flap has a light blue field, a white triangle with a wide red outline and a thin dark blue outline in the middle. Either side has a red triangle, thick yellow outline and dark blue outline. There are two small dark blue crosses. The edge has blocks of red, dark blue, and yellow.