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Plains beaded pipe bag
A Plains beaded pipe bag circa the late 19th century. The bag has a narrow pouch made from a single piece of leather folded and sewn with sinew. Narrow bands of beadwork decorate the top and side edges. A wider band of geometric pattern beadwork is sewn to the bottom of either side of the pouch, and uses pink, black, orange, red, yellow, green and blue glass seed beads. A quill wrapped thong tied in a bow is attached to the top of the pouch and terminates in a gray metal cone with traces of a gold metallic finish, stuffed with dyed orange feathers at the larger end. A plain leather thong is tied to the quill wrapped one. The bottom of the bag is sewn with narrow rawhide strips that are wrapped with dyed quill in an equilateral cross and pyramid pattern. Each strip is separated by a single blue bead. Eleven of the strips terminate in a gray metal cone filled with dyed red feathers. Sewing and repairs use both sinew and tan thread.
Content Category: artifacts
23 inches length
6 inches width
2 inches depth
quill (spine material)
Made in: United States
Made by: Plains Indians
Used in: United States
Indians of North America--Great Plains--Religion and mythology.
Indians of North America--Great Plains--Tobacco use.
Indians of North America--Great Plains--Rites and ceremonies.
Indian. Clothing. Accessories. Bags & Pouches. Pipe & Tobacco
Creation: 1875 - 1899
|Holding Type||3D Objects|
1981.41.20 (Accession Number)