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 yarn, leather, weaving
  • Object Height/Width: 30.5 x 24.5 cm height does not include handle
    Object Height/Width: 12 x 9 5/8 in height does not include handle
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1312

The bag of woven cornhusks has leather handles. Each side has a different design on a light tan field. One side has a central concentric diamond of brown, yellow, green, and red, with a red bar across the middle, with small brown triangles. On either side of this diamond, there are vertical columns of three triangles. The concentric triangles on either end have a solid red triangle center, a yellow band, and a green outline. The green outline connects to the green outline in the center triangle, which has a yellow center and a red band. The other side has four red diamonds, with yellow hourglass shapes in them. The bottom two hourglass shapes have purple dots inside, and all of the red diamonds have a horizontal stripe of yellow and purple blocks. The red diamonds have lines from the top and bottom points, which connect to triangles of green and yellow in the middle, and green, yellow, and red on the top and bottom of the design as a whole.