Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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small beaded bag
  • unknown Plains maker
  • small beaded bag, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: United States
  • beading
  • Object Height/Width: 11 x 14 cm handle not included
    Object Height/Width: 4 5/16 x 5 1/2 in handle not included
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1763

The small rectangular beaded bag has long beaded fringe. There is no cloth or leather backing. The field is white. There is decoration on both sides consisting of a medium blue diamond with two chevrons pointing inward, outlined and connected with a red line. The center design is nested "v's" in yellow, light blue, pink, and green outlined in a black triangle. The broken strap is mostly dark blue, with yellow, red, white, and green. The long fringe on the middle bottom is yellow and green with red loops at the loose ends. The fringe on the bottom sides is red and white with pink and dark blue loops. The fringe hanging from the sides of the bag are narrow strips, 2 beads wide, in the same coloration as the strap.