Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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beaded pouch
  • unknown Plains maker
  • beaded pouch, late 1800s–1980
  • Where object was made: Great Plains, United States
  • synthetic leather, buckskin, metal, cowrie shell, beads, beading
  • Object Height/Width: 34.5 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width: 13 9/16 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Ann and Britt Brown, Blackbear Bosin Collection
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0482.03

This narrow pouch of synthetic tan leather has a rectangular flap closure. It has four buckskin strips at the top, decorated with white, light blue, yellow, and red beads and each strip has an off-white hairpipe bead. The strips are tied together at the top. The flap is decorated with a white diamond, outlined with light blue, with red "V's" at three of the points. The flap is edged with light blue beads and the bottom edge is decorated with beaded fringe in red, silvertone balls, white, and light blue beads. The fringes have either cowrie shells or tinklers at the end.

The body of the pouch is decorated with a thick white band of solid white beads at the top and bottom, and is edged with white beads. The front is decorated with a white diamond, with a light blue "X" inside, red chevrons at the top and bottom points and yellow chevrons at the lateral points. The bottom is decorated with beaded fringe in light blue, red, yellow and white beads with silvertone balls, and short off-white hairpipe beads. The ends of the fringe are decorated with tinklers or cowrie shells.

The back is undecorated.