Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pipe bag
  • unknown Lakota maker
  • pipe bag, late 1800s–1918
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, rawhide, quills, tin, feathers, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 86 x 18.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 33 7/8 x 7 1/4 in
  • Transfer from Central College, Orville John and Evaline Dryer Green Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1909

The buckskin pipe bag has a lane stitched beaded panel. The beaded strips up either side and around the opening are white with dark blue and blue-green decoration. The red quilled panel has three natural colored squares and long buckskin fringe beneath it.

On side one the beaded panel is white and has a dark blue diamond in the middle outlined with blue-green with a yellow cross in the center. There is a blue-green triangle above and below outlined in dark blue, each with a white line, outlined in red. There are five red crosses with white centers on each side of the center design. There is a white cross with a blue-green center and red bars in the buckskin above the beaded panel. Two small vertical bands of white and blue-green are topped with tin cones with remnants of red feathers.

On side two the beaded panel has concentric rectangles of red, white, dark blue, yellow, and blue-green. There are two dark blue triangles, above and below, joined to the center rectangle with a dark blue line. Each triangle has a small white rectangle inside. The center design is flanked by five red crosses with a white center on each side. There is a white cross with a red center in the buckskin above the beaded panel. Two small vertical bands of white and blue green are topped by two tin cones and the remnants of red feathers.