Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pipe bag
  • Lakota peoples
  • pipe bag, late 1800s–early 1900s
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, quills, feathers, metal, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 88.5 x 23.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 34 13/16 x 9 1/4 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1904

The buckskin pipe bag has a lane stitched beaded panel and a beaded stripe up each side and around the opening. The stripes are mostly white with blocks of green with red stripes. The panel has a white field with a diamond and a triangle above and below. Each has red and green fill on one half and is outlined in dark blue. There are red lines from the side points of the diamonds and jagged red lines from the ends of the diamonds. The quilled panel under the beaded panel has a red field and six very faded squares (the outside were green with purple and yellow, and middle two were yellow, dark blue, orange, and green). There is buckskin fringe at the bottom and one tinkler with a tuft of red feathers at the top of the quilled panel.