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Woven Bag

Arts of the Americas

MEDIUM Grass, wool
DATES late 19th or early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 21 7/8 x 13 9/16 in. (55.6 x 34.4 cm)  (show scale)
COLLECTIONS Arts of the Americas
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 46.193.3
CREDIT LINE Charles Stewart Smith Memorial Fund
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Nez Perce (Native American). Woven Bag, late 19th or early 20th century. Grass, wool, 21 7/8 x 13 9/16 in. (55.6 x 34.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Stewart Smith Memorial Fund, 46.193.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 46.193.3_PS1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 46.193.3_PS1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2006
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The object is a woven flat bag of woven grass with a drawstring around the top. The designs of wool and grass on each side of the bag are different. One side has a diagonal striped design while the other has fringed triangles and diamond shapes arranged in a vertical pattern. Basic materials for bags like this one were originally hemp or grass but when cotton became available through trade, weavers switched to cotton. Dyed cornhusks were sometimes used for the designs. The particular patterns on this bag appear to show the influence of Plains' parfleche patterns on Northwest Coast weavers. After Europeans introduced the horse to North America, Native Americans from these areas interacted regularly. Soft woven bags like this one were often used to carry goods on horseback from one place to another or to simply store and protect berries, roots, and nuts from moisture and dust. The object is in good condition. Some of the wool is faded.
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Nez Perce (Native American). <em>Woven Bag</em>, late 19th or early 20th century. Grass, wool, 21 7/8 x 13 9/16 in. (55.6 x 34.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Charles Stewart Smith Memorial Fund, 46.193.3. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 46.193.3_PS1.jpg)