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Tipi Bag or Possible Bag

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Hide, beads, tin cones, horse hair
  • Place Made: Plains, United States
  • DATES ca. 1860-1900
    DIMENSIONS 15 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (39.4 x 52.1 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Sioux (Native American). Tipi Bag or Possible Bag, ca. 1860-1900. Hide, beads, tin cones, horse hair, 15 1/2 x 20 1/2 in. (39.4 x 52.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, X1111.1. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE overall, X1111.1_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Also called a storage bag, tipi bag or possible bag. The beads are sewn with sinew in a 'lazy stitch'. Kroeber called the design a transverse bar or lengthened checker pattern. Bag is beaded on one side with a decoration of crossed and abstracted forms in red, blue, gold and green. The edges are also beaded with metal jingles and orange dyed horsehair decorations. The two-ended pitchfork type design is typically Sioux. It is Central Plains but not Cheyenne or Arapaho. Bead workers would also do this type of beading to show off their expertise so some were also made to be ornamental or given away as gifts.
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    Tipi Bag or Possible Bag