Iroquois beaded cotton and velvet bag

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Description An Iroquois black velvet pouch lined with cotton cloth, circa the mid-19th century. The pouch is beaded on either side with identical floral motifs that incorporate both glass seed beads and pony beads. The top edge has a flap on either side and is trimmed with light green satin. Loops of white beads are strung as fringe at the seams. The bag was donated by Emily Barr whose grandmother, Aurelia Blake, reported that her father bought it from a Dakota woman in 1856. However, the bag is Iroquois, circa the late 19th century.
Quantity 1 item
Format Content Category: artifacts
Measurements 5 inches height
5 1/4 inches width
Nomenclature Bag (costume accessory)
Creation Made by Iroquois Indians
Subjects Owned/used by: Blake, Aurelia
Owned/used by: Barr, Emily Blake
Made by Iroquois Indians
Used by (possibly) Dakota Indians
Used in Minneapolis, Hennepin County, Minnesota, United States
Used in Faribault, Rice County, Minnesota, United States
Dakota Indians--Costume.
Indian. Clothing. Accessories. Bags & Pouches. Miscellaneous
Dates Creation: 1870 - 1890
(Date range represents the period when Iroquois bags like this one were being made around the Niagara Falls vicinity.)
Content: Approximately 1856
Holding Type 3D Objects
Identifiers 1984.44.1

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