glass beads and leather
This Sioux bag may have been created as a purely decorative object, as there is no evidence of a carrying strap nor evidence that it once held something. The repeating pattern on the bag, created in the lane or lazy stitch, is quite complex, indicative of a later period after 1870.Beadwork produced in the late 19th century displayed an increased fineness of design and delicacy of line. This suggests either change in use or outside influences. The late 19th century brought a new appreciation for fine Native craft production and, with it, a rapidly expanding market. It is likely that this bag was created for that market and not intended for use.
Kathleen Howe, Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice (Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2013), 9 illustrated/color.
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