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Nez Perce Artist

Cornhusk Bag, c. 1910
Husk (plant material)
11 1/2 x 11 1/16 in. (29.21 x 28.1 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Idaho
Technique: Weaving
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2254
Flat rectangular cornhusk bag. Twined weave. Two rows of red-outlined green triangular patterns embroidered on one side, and alternating red and blue rectangular patterns on the other side.

Indian hemp, corn husk, yarn, red silk, and leather

In Plateau bags of most recent date, like this c. 1910 example, all of the design elements are produced with commercial yarn. Many colors are used, and they tend to be very bright. The eight-pointed star decorates one face of this bag, and a four-pointed star with what may be a duck motif enriches the other face.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 85 (illustrated/bw) fig. 290.

A piece of paper inside the bag is handwritten in black ink. It reads: "ANGLE / PLATEAU / (NEZ PERCE?)".

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  • Overall Dimensions: 11 1/2 x 11 1/16 in. (29.21 x 28.1 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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