Arts of the Americas
Hide, beads, porcupine quills, deer hooves, sinew, fiber threading
late 19th or early 20th century
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Arapaho. Pouch, late 19th or early 20th century. Hide, beads, porcupine quills, deer hooves, sinew, fiber threading, 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (13 x 13 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn Museum Collection, 08.434. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 08.434_PS1.jpg)
overall, 08.434_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2007
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Circular pouch possibly used to carry peyote, a dome-shaped cactus that is used as a narcotic. Or it may have been a pouch to hold other special object. Possibly it was originally a tipi ornament that was converted to a bag. The front is decorated with 9 alternating white and red circular bands that are bisected by 8 black stripes (resembling spokes of a wheel) of porcupine quillwork. The back is of commercial leather with a scroll, punctate design and beaded cross-shaped decorations in blue, yellow and red. Encircling pouch is a fringe of 13 red, white, and black quill-wrapped leather strips and carved deer hooves. Condition is good.
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