Saddle Bag, n.d.
Beads on leather
x 11 in. ( x 28 cm)
glass beads and leather
See R. Conn report (1978).
Saddle bags were both a way to transport objects, hung from the saddle on either side of the horse, and, when transferred to hang in the tepee, storage for clothing and household articles. However, the intricate decoration of this Arapaho bag suggests it was more than utilitarian, perhaps made to hold medicine or sacred objects. The bag features well-known motifs in Native American beadwork including the "hourglass," made up of two triangles joined at the apex. Contemporary sources described the Arapaho people as highly religious; their everyday actions and objects, especially those with beadwork designs, were imbued with symbolic meaning. Such symbolic meaning, however, may only be accessible to the creator or owner of this bag.
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- Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice , 1/21/2013 - 4/14/2013
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