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beaded velvet bag with eagle
  • unknown Ojibwe (Ojibwa) maker
  • beaded velvet bag with eagle, late 1800s–1955
  • velvet, silk, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 32.5 x 13.5 cm length includes ribbon
    Object Length/Width: 12 3/4 x 5 5/16 in length includes ribbon
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1799

The small black velvet bag has a black velvet handle and pale peach silk gathered fabric at the opening. A light blue ribbon is tied in a bow at the top of the handle. There is pale green ribbon edging the bag, with white and blue beading on the outside and light blue and yellow on the inside of the ribbon.

The beaded decoration on side one is a light blue eagle with dark blue detail. There is a shield shape over the belly with red and white vertical stripes and a blue field with white dots. The eagle holds three arrows in its left talon and a leafy object in its right.

The beaded decoration on side two is a light blue flower with silver metal beads at the center and red detail. It has a green stem and four pink and translucent yellow leaves.