Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded bag
  • unknown Cheyenne or Lakota maker
  • beaded bag, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, tin, horse hair, beading, dyeing
  • Object Height/Width: 37.5 x 34.5 cm height includes loop
    Object Height/Width: 14 3/4 x 13 9/16 in height includes loop
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1507
Label Text

The rectangular buckskin bag has a flap closure on the long side. The back of the bag is undecorated. The front of the bag and flap are lane stitched. There is a small loop of buckskin on top of the bag. There are five tufts of two buckskin fringes on the flap, with tin cones at the end and red horse hair. There are two short fringes with tinklers and horse hair on each end.

The beaded decoration has a field of dark blue. There are three stripes of design, all the same, but the center stripe has different colors. The center stripe has a yellow rectangle in the center with a red hourglass shape and is outlined in red. Three white vertical lines and two white stripes are above and below the rectangle. The side stripes have the same design, but the center rectangle is red with a white hourglass, yellow outline, red and white vertical stripes and red triangles. The flap has a center rectangle of yellow, with three red bars, flanked by a light blue rectangle with a thick red outline, and the end rectangles are white with three dark blue squares.