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Washo Artist

Bag, c. 1910
Leather and dye
9 3/8 x 7 x 7 1/8 in. (23.81 x 17.78 x 18.1 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Oregon
Technique: Basketmaking (Twining)
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. Levi Chubbuck
Accession Number: P1106
Soft cylindrical bag with concave base. Twined construction, with a leather strip on the top edge Decorated with birds, humans, and quadrupeds in brown on buff. Intermontane region.

Indian hemp, cornhusk, string, and leather

The figurative designs on this bag are similar to those found in rock pictographs and wood carving of the Columbia River. Known as "Sally bags," they were used to carry and to store food, as well as to contain personal belongings.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 36 (illustrated/bw) fig. 70.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 9 3/8 x 7 x 7 1/8 in. (23.81 x 17.78 x 18.1 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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