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Cheyenne Artist



Pipe Bag, 1860
Leather and beads
43 1/4 x 5 7/8 in. (109.86 x 14.92 cm)

Creation Place: North America, Native American
Technique: Leatherworking and beadworking
Credit Line: Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Brink
Accession Number: P0150
Rectangular, buckskin bag. Multi-colored striped beadwork on front; stripes indicate military honors. Bottom fringe.

Attribution
Report by R. Conn (1978) was referenced to identify this object.

Materials
glass beads and leather

Commentary
Plains pipebags were principally used by men, while decorated bags were originally made to be used only on ceremonial occasions. The smoke emerging from the pip, rather than the act of smoking, was the essential part of the ritual. The smoke was usually blown to the four corners or passed around among a circle of men. On the Plains, the Crow were the leading cultivators of tobacco, an important trade good, and they developed elaborate ceremonies centered around its cultivation.
-from the Native American Art from the Permanent Collection catalog, 1979

Bibliography
Kay Koeninger and Joanne M. Mack, "Native American Art from the Permanent Collection" (Claremont: Galleries of the Claremont Colleges, 1979), 51, fig. 143.

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  • Overall Dimensions: 43 1/4 x 5 7/8 in. (109.86 x 14.92 cm) Measured by Hudson, Karen

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