Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pipe bag
  • Plains peoples
  • pipe bag, late 1800s–1940
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, quills, pigment, tin, sinew, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 96 x 14.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 37 3/4 x 5 11/16 in
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1279

The buckskin pipe bag has lane stitched beads around the opening in mostly light blue, but with two repeats of a wide yellow band, flanked by thin dark blue, wide red, and another thin dark blue band. One band down the side is mostly light blue and red, with small blocks of yellow and dark blue. Three long fringes, covered in quills, with one red block each, have a tin cone at the loose end.

The panel of beadwork on one side is a block "U" shape of light blue beads, with two oblique lines of yellow, outlined with dark blue. The panel on the other side is also a field of light blue, but has two sets of concentric squares, each green, yellow, and dark blue (inside to outside).

The panel of quill work is a natural-colored field, with a red square in the center, with a yellow cross inside it with a dark blue center. There are two red triangles pointing at the square, one on either side. Each of the three large shapes is red, outlined in green, outlined in yellow. Long buckskin fringe hangs from the bottom edge.