Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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small beaded bag
  • unknown Ojibwe (Ojibwa) maker
  • small beaded bag, late 1800s–1896
  • Where object was made: White Earth Reservation, Minnesota, United States
  • cotton, wool, beading, dyeing
  • Object Length/Width: 28.5 x 14 cm length includes handle
    Object Length/Width: 11 1/4 x 5 1/2 in length includes handle
  • The Father Felix Nolte Collection from the Benedictine College Museum
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2037

The "U" shaped cotton bag has a handle made of a string of dark blue beads in a series of loops. There is short looped, beaded fringe on most of the outer edge in pink, yellow, light blue, and medium blue beads. The front beaded panel used to have a dark blue wool field, with very little remaining. The decoration is a medium yellow, light yellow, white and pink flower in the center. There are yellow and white tulip-like flowers in the upper corners with a yellow leaf and two pink leaves below, with a light blue outline.

The loose tobacco from inside the bag is now stored separately in a bag.