Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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strike-a-light bag
  • United States
  • strike-a-light bag, late 1800s–1939
  • Where object was made: United States
  • leather, buckskin, tin, brass, pigment, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 31 x 8 cm length is top of beaded loop to bottom of long ties
    Object Length/Width: 12 3/16 x 3 1/8 in length is top of beaded loop to bottom of long ties
  • Gift of Sister Mary Hubert, St. Mary's College
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1945

The small rectangular leather pouch has a flap with short buckskin around the perimeter. The beaded decoration on the front has a yellow field. A dark blue line cuts across the middle field, with a light blue triangle above and below outlined in dark blue, with a red triangle in the middle. It has a fringe of tin cones. There are long twisted buckskin strips at both bottom corners. The back decoration is only a band of yellow at the bottom with two dark blue triangles, each with a light blue rectangle. There is a buckskin loop for a handle with glass and metal beads.