Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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small beaded bag
  • unknown Ojibwe (Ojibwa) maker
  • small beaded bag, late 1800s–1998
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton, wool, beading, dyeing, braiding
  • Object Length/Width: 32 x 12 cm length includes handle
    Object Length/Width: 12 5/8 x 4 3/4 in length includes handle
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2038

The small "U" shaped beaded bag has a detached handle of braided strips of beads. There are green beads around the edge of the bag. There is a dark blue wool field on the front, with a thin line of white beads around the perimeter. The beaded decoration is a clear, dark blue, white and pink flower in the cetner, with a small pink and dark blue flower in the upper corners. They have yellow and medium blue stems and leaves at the bottom.

The back has unbleached cotton with a pattern of small brown diamonds and a border of yellow cotton.

The detached handle is three braided strands. One strand is red. The other two strands are blocks of pink, clear, green, medium blue and yellow.