glass beads and leather
The horse, important in Plains culture, provided the source for teh central design elements on these bags: The U-shaped motifs represent horse tracks. This design was painted on men's shirts and robes as a badge symbolic design into one of a purely decorative nature. The central cross in this pattern is based on the symbolism of the four directions and is often found in combination with horse track design.
On 7/24/2018 only saddle bag P2107a was found on Shelf H10. Saddle bag P2107b was not located in the inventory.
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 50 (illustrated/bw) fig. 140.
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