Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pipe bag
  • Plains peoples
  • pipe bag, late 1800s–1922
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, quills, sinew, pigment, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 93 x 16 cm
    Object Length/Width: 36 5/8 x 6 1/4 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1278

The yellow buckskin pipe bag has a band of lane stitching around the opening and down either side. The beading is mostly green, with blocks of yellow outlined in blue on the sides and yellow outlined with red at the opening. The panel of quillwork at the bottom of the bag is a red field, with two large blue diamond shapes, each with a small blue triangle on the top and bottom and outlined in yellow. There are two small blue triangles, outlined in yellow underneath the larger design. The other side of the top panel of quillwork also has a red field, with a very faded blue or green hourglass shape and a second smaller triangle of the same color below it.

The second panel of quillwork is mostly red, with two very bright orange rectangles outlined in blue. Long yellow buckskin fringe hangs from the bottom of the second panel.