Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded pouch
  • United States
  • beaded pouch, late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: United States
  • cotton, leather, beading
  • Object Length/Width: 25.5 x 24.5 cm width includes splayed fringe
    Object Length/Width: 10 1/16 x 9 5/8 in width includes splayed fringe
  • Gift of Dorwin Lamkin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2009

The rectangular cotton bag has a leather band around the opening, fully covered in a net of beads. The beaded decoration has a dark blue field. Red and whtie beads decorate the opening. There are light blue and white zig zags near the opening. There are stacks of green and white triangles with dark red diamonds in the center of each color.

Beaded fringe decorates all sides, in stripes of white, light blue, dark blue and dark red. The same stripes are present on the three seamed edges, but the sides are shortened and sparser fringes.

The red, white and dark blue beaded strap has a cluster of leather strips, which was probably attached to the top band of leather at one point.