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Kiowa Artist



Pipe Bag, n.d.
Beads on leather
x 19 5/16 in. ( x 49 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2142
Flat, elongated rectangular pipe bag made of dyed yellow buckskin with long fringe. Beadwork band on the bottom. Two step-pyramids on a white background on one side and geometric vertical bands on the other. Beaded strips hang from the top. Long fringe at the bottom.

Materials
glass beads and leather

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 50-51 (illustrated/bw 50) fig. 144.
See "The Fred Harvey Collection," the Heard Museum.

Attribution
See R. Conn report (1978).

Commentary
The decorative arts of the southern Plains as demonstrated by this pipebag, were distinguished by a fine fringe and a painted hide background. The bag has an unusually large amount of beading on its front and back; southern Plains peoples originally used beadwork musch more sparingly than those of the northern Plains. Found throughout native American sacred imagery, the bird motif beaded on the belt may derive from a personal vision of the make or the wearer.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

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