Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded bag
  • United States
  • beaded bag, late 1900s–1980
  • Where object was made: United States
  • buckskin, pigment, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 32 x 6 cm
    Object Length/Width: 12 5/8 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1982

The long narrow buckskin bag is shaped like a fish. The actual pouch ends at the widest portion of the bag, the remaining triangle shape is a decorative flap. The visible buckskin is orange. About 2/3 of it is beaded. The open edge is scalloped with red beaded picot trim.

The beaded decoration on side one consists of a white field, divided into two portions by the direction of the lanes. The top portion has a red rectangle, with a dark blue "X" and small triangles at the end, and a red line across the rectangle, also with small dark blue rectangles at the ends. The bottom portion has a red "V" outline with dark blue "7" shapes in the defined space. The center portion is white. There is a small crescent moon at the bottom covered in dark blue beads, with orange beads at the ends and outlined in red.

The beaded decoration on the top portion of side two is the same. The bottom panel has the same decoration in different colors. The center triangle is dark greeen with yellow triangles. The red "V" is only on the outside edge, and the "7" shapes are red. The small crescent moon is also the same.