Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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cornhusk bag
  • unknown Nimiipuu (Nez Percé) maker
  • cornhusk bag, late 1800s–1940
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cornhusk, wool, cotton yarn, silk ribbon, dyeing, weaving, crocheting
  • Object Height/Width: 27 x 26 cm height does not include handles
    Object Height/Width: 10 5/8 x 10 1/4 in height does not include handles
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1316

The bag of woven cornhusks has straps of crocheted blue cotton and decorations of dyed wool yarn. Pink silk ribbon binds the edge.

One side has an eight pointed star, each triangle in a different color around a central diamond of pink outlined in red. The colors are black, purple, red, light green, and light purple. There is a vertical purple bar and a horizontal red bar behind the star. The corners of the field are each a right triangle outlined in black, filled with horizontal stripes of light purple and light green.

The other side has five bands of three diamonds and a bottom band of three triangles. The diamonds alternate: light purple with a dark blue outline and green with a red outline. The bottom row of triangles follows the same pattern, and they are "half-diamonds."