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Medicine Bag

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Rawhide, beads, metal, ribbon
  • Place Made: United States
  • DATES late 19th century
    DIMENSIONS 11 13/16 x 9 5/8 in. (30 x 24.4 cm)  (show scale)
    COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift as a memorial to Dr. Harlow Brooks
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION Cheyenne (Native American). Medicine Bag, late 19th century. Rawhide, beads, metal, ribbon, 11 13/16 x 9 5/8 in. (30 x 24.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift as a memorial to Dr. Harlow Brooks, 43.87.77. Creative Commons-BY
    IMAGE back, CUR.43.87.77_view2.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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    CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The object is a rectangular rawhide bag with beading overall on one side only. Although acquired as a "medicine" bag it most probably is only a bag for a man's personal belongings.The beaded geometric patterns are blue, green, red and yellow against a white background. The top of the bag has a flap that folds over. The flap has short hide fringes along the edge with a few small metal cones or jingles attached. At the bottom of the bag are long hide fringes and, at either end, remnants of a red ribbon tied into a bow. An old tag on the bag reads “Cheyenne Bag Relic of Custer Battle. Made by Cheyenne squaw her husband "Wooden Leg" fought in the battle. The back bag is cavalryman's bootleg. Front is buckskin. Fringes are buckskin. Mr. Wooden Leg................ “There is confirmation that indeed Wooden leg fought at the Battle of Little Big Horn in 1876. Verso "Mr. Denton of Billings Montana of whom it was bought Oct' 1914
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    Medicine Bag