Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • Guatemala
  • handbag, late 1800s–1990
  • Where object was made: Guatemala, Guatemala, Guatemala
  • cotton, thread, metal, embroidering
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 40 x 41 x 20 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 15 3/4 x 16 1/8 x 7 7/8 in
  • Gift of William and Shirley Griffith
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4877

The square black bag has two trapezoidal handles. The bag has side panels and a bottom of plain black cotton. The handles are plain black cotton with cutouts. The seams of the bag and the sides of the handles are decorated with colored triangles in light purple, dark red, dark pink, light pink, orange, light orange, yellow, light green, white, dark green, light blue, medium blue, and dark blue. The front and back of the bag are embroidered with the same decoration: two green birds with red breasts and eyes on a white column with orange, green and red stripes in the middle. There is a white diamond and chevron on one side, and a yellow diamond and chevron on the other. There is a cluster of three orange circles on one side and three yellow circles on the other side. There is a vertical orange and white stripe on both sides. The top reads "GUATEMALA." There is a band of chevrons across the bottom in yellow, green, red, white, blue, light orange and light green.

There is a zipper closure at the top.