Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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match pouch
  • Plains peoples
  • match pouch, late 1800s–1992
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, leather, metal, pigment, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 22.5 x 4.5 cm length is top of flap to tinklers
    Object Length/Width: 8 7/8 x 1 3/4 in length is top of flap to tinklers
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1438
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Description

The long narrow beaded pouch has a flap. The flap and back of the pouch are leather. The front of the pouch, the triangular beaded panel below the pouch, and the fringe are buckskin. There is a metal snap on the undecorated flap.
The front of the pouch is beaded with a white field, two yellow and green triangles on either side, joined by a green bar and red square. The triangular panel at the bottom is also a white field with two green shapes on either side. There is a red bar at the seam between the pouch and the panel. Tin cones decorate the bottom of the panel and long buckskin fringe with tin cones hang off either side of the bottom seam of the bag portion.
The back of the pouch is beaded with a white field. The bag portion has two green triangles on either side, joined by a green bar with a yellow square. The bag to panel intersection is marked with green and red blocks. The triangular panel has a white field, green and yellow bars at the bottom, and three green and red boat-like shapes down the middle.