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beaded drawstring pouch
  • United States
  • beaded drawstring pouch, late 1800s–1999
  • Where object was made: United States
  • leather, beading
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 15.5 x 10.5 x 6 cm width does not include drawstrings
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 6 1/8 x 4 1/8 x 2 3/8 in width does not include drawstrings
  • Gift of Dorwin Lamkin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.1796
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The "U" shaped pouch has a gusset inserted for the bottom and sides. There are green and colorless beads on each seam and around the opening. There is a red and green beaded tassel on each drawstring.

The beaded decoration on side one consists of a medallion with a white field outlined with a band of chevrons that are half red and half green. There is a small circle of silver metal beads in the center and outlined in red. There is a band of red and silver metal beads with medium blue triangles on each side. Hourglass shapes of silver metal beads outlined with medium blue decorate the outer band of the medallion.

The beaded decoration on side two consists of a medallion with a dark green field and a border of chevrons that are half red and half silver metal. It has a small circle of red beads with a silver metal outline. The overall design appears to be a green five petaled flower over a light blue star with metal dots in the center of the blue. Both elements of the design are outlined in colorless beads. There is one red square outlined in colorless beads in each segment of negative space outside the star.