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Sioux Artist

Saddle Bag, c. 1860
Beads on leather
18 1/2 x 22 1/8 in. (46.99 x 56.2 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American, Minnesota and Dakotas
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2112
Large, elongated U-shaped buckskin bag. Decorated with two bands of beadwork; alternating red and yellow striped rectangles and white and green striped rectangles. Metal clamps and orange tufts.

Native bison leather, glass beads, and ornaments

See R. Conn report (1978).

Simple bands of color were common in beadwork, even before regional styles developed. This bag of bison leather probably dates from a later period than the beadwork sewn to it, which has been transferred from another article. American bison, commonly and erroneously called the buffalo, once ranged throughout the North American continent. By 1885, they were nearly extinct.

Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 74, fig. 246.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 18 1/2 x 22 1/8 in. (46.99 x 56.2 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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