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beaded drawstring bag
  • Ojibwe (Ojibwa) peoples
  • beaded drawstring bag, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Northeastern United States
  • buckskin, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 49 x 40 cm width is approximate
    Object Length/Width: 19 1/4 x 15 3/4 in width is approximate
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1801

The buckskin bag has buckskin fringe on three seams. There is a drawstring closure with a long ruffle above the drawstring, a dark blue beaded ball on each drawstring, and light green beads along the top edge.

The beaded decoration on side one consists of a translucent white field, with a light green border. It has a large dark yellow flower with a light yellow outline, gold metal beads in the center, and detail in each petal. There are two clusters of red, yellow, and dark red scallops, and two clusters of light blue, medium blue, and dark blue. The two dark green leaves have light green veins.

The beaded decoration on side two consists of a translucent white field with a light green border. There is a circle of flowers in light green with yellow centers, or dark red with red centers. There are dark green leaves with silver metal leaves and a dark brown stem.