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Beaded and quilled leather storage bag
A storage bag, possibly Dakota, is of a type known variously as a saddle, tipi, or "possibles" bag, circa the late 19th century. These bags were often made in pairs, one to hang on either side of the horse saddle. The front of the bag features parallel horizontal strips of orange quillwork with two pairs of vertical parallel rows of red wool tufts or tassels superimposed on the orange horizontal strips. The side panels of the bag are decorated with glass seed beads in four rectangles using the lane or lazy stitch and yellow-dyed or natural horsehair tufts in metal cones. The closure flap features a centered, beaded area of five rectangles using the lane or lazy stitch. Leather thong remnants and matching holes indicate the original means of securing the top flap over the bag bottom. The decorative work was applied using sinew thread.
Content Category: artifacts
13 1/2 inches height
23 inches width
5 inches depth
quill (spine material)
Made by (possibly): Dakota Indians
Made in (possibly): South Dakota, United States
Made in (possibly): North Dakota, United States
Indian. Containers & Holders. Storing
Creation: Not earlier than 1875 - Not later than 1899
|Holding Type||3D Objects|
3039 (Accession Number)