Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded pouch
  • Plains peoples
  • beaded pouch, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • synthetic leather, buckskin, metal, cowrie shells, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 36 x 15 cm
    Object Height/Width: 14 1/8 x 5 7/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0482.01

This light brown synthetic leather rectangular bag has a semicircular flap. Two buckskin loops at top, for wearing, are decorated with red and medium blue beads and a hairpipe bead. The bag is edged with white beads. It has a band of white beads with light blue triangles, small dark blue diamonds and a red slanted line. The field is decorated with a light blue circle outline with a rectangle at the top, bottom, and sides. There are two red triangle outlines on either side and a solid yellow triangle in between. A pencil design is visible inside the design. It has a beaded fringe around the flap in medium blue, red, silvertone balls, tin cones, and cowrie shells.

The front of the bag is decorated with a white diamond outline, with white triangles filling the points, and the outlines of a light blue rectangle inside. There is a yellow diamond inside with a red outline. There are yellow chevrons at the lateral points and two red triangles at the top and bottom points. There are bands of white with red and light blue triangles along the sides. It has beaded fringe on the bottom with silver balls, white, medium blue, red and yellow beads, tin cones and hairpipe beads on the outer fringes.