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Tobacco Bag

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Lakota artist, Tobacco Bag, ca. 1900, leather, porcupine quills, glass beads, paint, metal, and dyed horsehair, The Elizabeth Cole Butler Collection, no known copyright restrictions, 87.88.5

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Title

Tobacco Bag

Artist

Lakota artist (Lakota)

Date

ca. 1900

Medium

leather, porcupine quills, glass beads, paint, metal, and dyed horsehair

Dimensions (H x W x D)

36 in x 6 in

Collection Area

Native American Art

Category

Plains

Bags and Pouches

Object Type

tobacco bag

Cultural Group

Lakota

Credit Line

The Elizabeth Cole Butler Collection

Accession Number

87.88.5

Copyright

no known copyright restrictions

Terms

beads

horsehair

Lakota

leather

metal

paint

Plains Indian

quillwork

The Elizabeth Cole Butler Collection

Description

In addition to being useful containers, tobacco bags were worn as clothing accessories by Plains Indian men. They were carried in the hand, with the body of the bag and the fringe allowed to hang freely. These bags were made from tanned leather, cut and sewn into a rectangular shape with an opening at the top. The decoration, either beaded or quilled, is usually made up of a rectangular or square panel at the bottom of the bag, with additional beadwork in strips or as accents extending up the sides and around the top. The designs frequently differ from one side to the other.

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