Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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man's handbag
  • Nigeria
  • man's handbag, late 1800s–1966
  • Where object was made: Nigeria
  • plant fiber, weaving, dyeing, braiding
  • Object Height/Width: 45 x 34.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 17 11/16 x 13 9/16 in
  • Gift of Barbara Michener
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3540

The flat, square bag is woven from plant fibers. There is a dark brown knob of plant fiber at each corner and two dark brown loop handles, one attached to the center of each side. There are vertical stripes of orange, green, light purple and light natural. The black designs fill the negative spaces between the standing human figures and zigzags.