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Edgar Heap of Birds, Spring 2013

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Sioux Artist



Bag, n.d.
Beads on leather
12 5/8 in. x 12 5/8 in. (32.07 cm x 32.07 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Edward H. Angle
Accession Number: P2162
Flat, square buckskin bag with buckskin fringe on the bottom edge. Solid beadwork on one side: six elaborate angular patterns on a blue background.

Materials
glass beads and leather

Commentary
This Sioux bag may have been created as a purely decorative object, as there is no evidence of a carrying strap nor evidence that it once held something. The repeating pattern on the bag, created in the lane or lazy stitch, is quite complex, indicative of a later period after 1870.Beadwork produced in the late 19th century displayed an increased fineness of design and delicacy of line. This suggests either change in use or outside influences. The late 19th century brought a new appreciation for fine Native craft production and, with it, a rapidly expanding market. It is likely that this bag was created for that market and not intended for use.

Bibliography
Kathleen Howe, Nuance of Sky: Edgar Heap of Birds Invites Spirit Objects to Join His Art Practice (Claremont: Pomona College Museum of Art, 2013), 9 illustrated/color.

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  • Nuance of Sky. Nuance of Sky Pomona College Museum of Art. Claremont, 2013
    Page Number: 9

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