Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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fish skin pouch
  • Native Arctic peoples
  • fish skin pouch, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: United States or Canada
  • salmon skin, seal esophagus, dyeing, appliqué
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 27 x 16.5 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 10 5/8 x 6 1/2 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.6055

The pouch is made from light brown and grey fish skin. The back of the pouch has a higher portion with a curved top. The actual pocket is rectangular shaped and straight across on the front edge. The curved portion is decorated with three sets of red and dark blue curved lines with short vertical lines between the lower rows. There is a black or dark blue band across the top front with cutout diamonds. There is a small fish skin loop at the top of the curved portion.