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Sioux Artist

Saddle Bag, 1890-1899
Beads on leather
15 1/2 x 22 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (39.37 x 56.52 x 8.89 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Dakotas and Minnesota
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2107a
Flat rectangular bag made of cloth and buckskin. Front beaded with complex yellow, blue, and red angle patterns on white. Small beadwork band down each side, with metal clamps and red tufts. The central design is a horse track, which was usually painted on the shirts and robes of men. This scene illustrates the great horse stealing tradition of the Sioux, not ordinarily seen in beadwork.

Native leather, canvas, glass beads, horsehair, and tin cones

The horse, important in Plains culture, provided the source for the central design elements on these bags: The U-shaped motifs represent horse tracks. This design was painted on men's shirts and robes. The central cross in this pattern is based on the symbolism of the four directions and is often found in combination with horse track design.

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On 7/24/2018 only saddle bag P2107a was found on Shelf H10. Saddle bag P2107b was not located in the inventory.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 50 (illustrated/bw) fig. 140.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 15 1/2 x 22 1/4 x 3 1/2 in. (39.37 x 56.52 x 8.89 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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