Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Arapaho peoples
  • handbag, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • elk fur, buckskin, cloth, metal, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 40 x 23 cm length includes handle
    Object Length/Width: 15 3/4 x 9 1/16 in length includes handle
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1923

The bag has a rigid elk hide bottom and flexible buckskin top. There is short buckskin fringe at the junction and beaded fringes in red, green, and orange with metal cones at the bottom. There is a band of lane stitched beading on the buckskin in light blue, with dark blue triangles in orange blocks, flanked by red and white stripes. There are beaded circles near the top in orange, light blue, red and dark blue. The beads at the open edge are dark blue, orange, and light blue. A short buckskin handle is attached with decorative silver colored metal. It is lined with light brown cloth.