Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pipe bag
  • Plains peoples
  • pipe bag, late 1800s–1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, beads, sinew
  • Object Length/Width: 70 x 26.5 cm width at bottom
    Object Length/Width: 27 1/2 x 10 3/8 in width at bottom
  • Transfer from Central College, Orville John and Evaline Dryer Green Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1284

The buckskin pipe bag has lane stitched beading around the top and down either side and around the bottom. These lanes are mostly white, with blocks of dark blue and red beads. One side of the bag has short buckskin fringe, as does the bottom. A thicker band of beading sits just above the bottom band. It is mostly white with crosses of red/dark blue stripes and green in the center. A lane of mostly white beading comes up from crosses, topped with blue and green. There is another lane of stitching in line with, but not continuous with, this lane of stitching with blocks for red, dark blue, and green. Finally, there is a small pocket, possible for a strike-a-lite, with a flap cover. The flap is mostly white with a dark blue cross. Four vertical lanes of beading, mostly white with blocks of dark blue, red and green, decorate the pocket, with a small buckskin fringe at the bottom edge.

This bag is shaped like a child's legging, right side.