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Bag with embroidered and beaded geometric design on bag and strap and orange fringe | Donald Ellis Gallery

Shoulder Bag

Delaware or Shawnee
Southeastern United States

ca. 1830-40

walnut dyed hide, wool, cotton cloth, glass beads, dyed deer hair, tin cones

height: (with strap): 66"
width: (with strap) 12 ½"

Inventory # CW4314-168



Private Collection, United Kingdom
Donald Ellis Gallery, Dundas, ON
Private collection, Toronto, ON


Donald Ellis Gallery catalogue, 2005, pg. 33


The Charles and Valerie Diker Collection, New York, NY – See: Native Paths: American Indian Art From the Charles and Valerie Diker Collection, Wardwell, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1998, pg. 44, pl. 30

For a similar but misidentified example now in the Museum of the American Indian (Cat. No. 10/9723), See: Indian Art in America, Dockstader, Promontory Press, New York, pl. 243

This beautiful and rare bandolier bag stands alone in the rectangular pouch being manufactured from walnut dyed hide (commonly described as black dyed buckskin). All other extant examples exhibit trade cloth which can be seen in the strap of this beautiful bag.

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