Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cornhusk bag
  • unknown Nimiipuu (Nez Percé) maker
  • cornhusk bag, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: Lapwai, Idaho, United States
  • cornhusk, wool, cotton, dyeing, weaving
  • Object Height/Width: 32.5 x 29 cm height does not include handles
    Object Height/Width: 12 3/4 x 11 3/8 in height does not include handles
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1314

The bag of woven cornhusks is lined with pink, purple, and green floral cotton cloth, and has leather handles. Each side has a different design and all of the colored design is dyed wool.

One side has an orange and green triangle with a border of red triangles. At the apex of the triangle, the red border connects to the apex of another triangle of light blue, purple, and pink. This design is flanked on either side by a purple diamond with a green design resembling arrow fletching. The overall design is mirrored from top to bottom, with a band of two purple diamonds and four "arrow fletchings" separating the design.

The other side has a design of two red triangle-shaped outlines, joined at the apex by a short red bar, and each has a smaller triangle at the base. The outline is filled with mostly white, but has two orange triangles at the points opposite the apex, and the small triangle is filled with green. A thick green outline around two red triangles crosses this design at the middle. This design is mirrored top to bottom, and separated by two clusters of green triangles around a pink diamond.