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MEDIUM Hide, beads, porcupine quills, deer hooves, sinew, fiber threading
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES late 19th or early 20th century
    DIMENSIONS 5 1/8 x 5 1/8 in. (13 x 13 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 Arapaho (Native American). 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
    IMAGE back, CUR.08.434_view2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION 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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