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Bag with Powder Horn, c. 1880-1889
Beads on leather
28 5/16 x 10 in. (71.97 x 25.4 cm)
glass beads and leather
Although this object shows no evidence of use and may have been made as a trade item, it is like those used for hunting or warfare in the 1880s. The horn served as a canister for an immediate reserve supply of gunpowder.Ox horn was the most commonly used material for these containers, but buffalo horn was also used. When the horn had been scraped smooth and thin, the large end was closed permanently, usually with a piece of hardwood. A tight-fitting but removable piece of wood was fashioned for the small end. In addition to shot, the bag served to hold accessories, such as a bullet mold, gun screw, wiper, and awl. The geometric cross in a traditional Sioux color combination of red, white and blue recalls the four sacred directions in Sioux culture, while the form of the bag recalls contemporary European shot bags.
Kathleen Howe, Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice (Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2013), 4 illustrated/color.
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This object was included in the following exhibitions:
- Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice , 1/21/2013 - 4/14/2013
- Overall Dimensions: 28 5/16 x 10 in. (71.97 x 25.4 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen
This object has the following bibliographic references:
Nuance of Sky.
Nuance of Sky
Pomona College Museum of Art.
Page Number: 4
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