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Octopus Bag

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Wool, cotton, glass beads
DATES 1868-1901
DIMENSIONS 17 11/16 x 9 7/16 in. (44.9 x 24 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 08.491.8896
CREDIT LINE Museum Expedition 1908, Museum Collection Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Tlingit (Native American). Octopus Bag, 1868-1901. Wool, cotton, glass beads, 17 11/16 x 9 7/16 in. (44.9 x 24 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1908, Museum Collection Fund, 08.491.8896. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 08.491.8896_SL1.jpg)
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION Made entirely from trade materials, these distinctive cloth pouches were accessories for ceremonial clothing. They were called octopus bags because of their tentacle-like fringes. Some of the Tlingit designs may have been influenced by proximity to the Athabascan groups to the east. The reverse of the bag is plain.The pouch has four double fringe "arms" and a black wool strap.
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Tlingit (Native American). <em>Octopus Bag</em>, 1868-1901. Wool, cotton, glass beads, 17 11/16 x 9 7/16 in. (44.9 x 24 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Museum Expedition 1908, Museum Collection Fund, 08.491.8896. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 08.491.8896_SL1.jpg)