Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pipe bag
  • Arapaho peoples
  • pipe bag, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, beads, pigment, quills, sinew, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 129 x 17 cm
    Object Length/Width: 50 13/16 x 6 11/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1277
Label Text

The buckskin pipe bag has lane stitched light blue beads with blocks of red around the open end of the bag. There are thin bands down either side in light blue and red.

The bottom portion of the bag is separated by a band of short buckskin fringe. The top 1/3 below this fringe is bare buckskin with three semicircles in light blue beads. The remainder is lane stitched, with a field of light blue, two sets of green triangles pointing to each other and separated by two bars of dark blue. The triangles are outlined in red, yellow and dark blue. The other side of the bag has two red "X" shapes in the bare buckskin portion beneath the fringe. The beaded field is light blue, with two sets of triangles pointing toward each other, separated by dark blue bars. The triangles are mostly red, but have a rectangle of yellow and green (outlined in dark blue) inside of them, and they are outlined with yellow and dark blue.

Below the beaded portion is a quilled segment, with three vertical red stripes, separated with two repeats of a purple stripe enclosing a yellow rectangle. Under the quillwork, there is a band of long buckskin fringe.